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Come Join Us Planting Trees for a Day! Every Act for Earth Counts!

Its a truly lovely experience working together with other volunteers to plant tiny trees knowing that we are helping to create new modest nature reserves which will grow for many generations.


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Images from our planting day in Aught Co. Donegal earlier this year. 

Planting season is upon us once again and we are delighted to tell you that we are planning to create new modest nature reserves all over Ireland this season, starting in Rathvilly Co. Carlow on the 26th of November.


Every person who comes to help is really appreciated. Many hands truly make light work! We need your help to plant and share the experience of working together to create spaces for nature to flourish.  We will begin at 10 am but appreciate that people may be coming from all over Ireland. No experience is needed at all because training will be provided. Children of all ages are welcome and are actively encouraged to get involved. Please bring warm waterproof clothes, and fully waterproof footwear. If you can bring tools such as shovels, pick axe, secateurs, lump hammers.

If you can do bring food to share. Sharing food as a break in the work is really lovely. (Just something simple like bread to go with soup, or home made vegetarian sweet or savoury somethings are always welcome!) Let us know if you can join us at GreenFriends@ammaireland.org


Directions to Rathvilly


From Dublin take N81 to Rathvilly you will see GreenFriends Tree Planting signs on the N81 just before Rathvilly on the N81.



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Rational for planting to Rathvilly, Co. Carlow with GreenFriends volunteers, scheduled November 26th 2017.

Create new riparian woodland. Establishing new native woodland on existing greenfield site. The Rathvilly eastern boundary runs adjacent to the river Slaney, said to be Europe’s fastest flowing river. The proposed planting area is considered by local expertise provided by the landowner, to be fully floodplain. The extent and frequency of flooding varies annually.

‘Native riparian woodlands are biodiversity ‘hotspots’ and are often the only refuge for specific communities of flora and fauna of high conversation value.’‘Planting in floodplains will act to slow water run off and increase ground water recharge.’

‘The primary objective is to optimise woodland biodiversity while also assisting the achievement of the carrying capacity of all in stream fauna.’

Some definitions

Riparian Zone ‘Any land which adjoins, directly influences, or is influenced by a body of water’

ABZ Aquatic Buffer Zone. An area adjacent to an aquatic zone and managed for the protection of water quality and aquatic water systems. These need a 10 – 25 M extent from the water edge. 20% tree cover is recommended, with space been given over to emergence. The balance of required shade/light ratio the water body will optimally require should be considered.

Applied literature review 30 08 2017 Ref: Native Woodland information Notes, in support of the Native Woodland Scheme. By Woodlands of Ireland.

Green Friends Ireland is the green wing of the Amma Ireland charity registered charity no CHY15299.

Our aim is to plant trees with volunteers and create woodlands + nature reserves, to include food forests. We aim to inspire and collaborate with landowners to create a Woodland / Nature reserve on their lands.

It is the intention of GreenFriend’s Ireland that the trees we have planted become part of a managed Woodland/Nature Reserves, which can grow to become ancient, a natural place for diverse ecology to flourish. Therefore the creation of the Woodland/Nature Reserves are not for commercial purposes and will remain for generations to come.

We are preparing to plant this year and so far we have two set dates. the first in Carlow on November 26th and then  in Wicklow January 21st. More good news, volunteers are planing to plant native trees in Donegal and fruit trees at the Amma centre. We also have planting to do on various sites in Cork.

GreenFriends would like to plant all over Ireland, anywhere where land can be given over for as a reserve for nature to be allowed be a harmonious ecosystem full of life, for generations to come. If you know of some where, do let us know.




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