April 22, 2021 at 11:00 PM
Back in November of 2020 we shared news of ROCTEL’s five-year commitment to establish and plan over 10,000 trees in the Wicklow county. On the 16th of April, ROCTEL began planting the first 1000 trees on the ARDEO Sport Horses site. ROCTEL has partnered with the Trees of Land initiative which aims to establish young native Irish trees across the 32 countries of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. These trees will consist of common species, rarer species, naturalized species, and fruit and nut trees.
The first of these trees were Hazel, Hawthorn, Birch and Lime trees. All the preparations were low impact. The trees were put, and notch planted to minimize the soil disturbance and the vegetation was trimmed back to clear ground for planting. All the trees will also be protected during the establishment years with post and wire fencing setting the trees back from the horses. Once the open grown trees mature enough, the wire fencing will be taken down to give the horses the opportunity to make use of shelter and shade. Trees on the Land will make an annual visit in the early years to advise on management and to monitor the progress.