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Memorial Trees In Ireland

Jan 15, 2008
In Armagh, a city in Ireland, there exists a wonderful oak planting project, called Rooted in Ireland. Set among the lush, green, rolling hills, this project has been set up with the noble aim of planting ten thousand oak trees. Further on in this article I will discuss the operation of the project, but first a little about the area. Armagh has been a settlement site for about fifteen hundred years, and is widely known as a religious, educational, and historical center. It is the site of the final resting place of Brian Boru, the legendary Irish warrior. Thousands of people visit Armagh each year, attracted no doubt, by the wonderful scenery, and abundance of things to do.

Ireland, and Armagh in particular, has a serious lack of trees. Once heavily forested, centuries of destruction have taken their toll, and Ireland is a sparse landscape, when it comes to trees. This is why Rooted in Ireland was born, and this is its' story.

The people behind the project, had spent a long time trying to think of a wholesome and environmentally friendly project, and one that was unique to the area. After reading an article in an Australian newspaper about a similar project over there, the decision was made..they would plant oak trees!. The idea was met with scorn by a lot of people, but the directors of the project decided to press on, and Rooted in Ireland was born. To date, a total of 1700 trees have been planted. The costs of running an ambitious project such as this is met with a rather unique idea; when the trees have been planted, they are then offered for dedication to interested parties, who receive a certificate of ownership, and a frame ready photograph of their tree. The tree number is noted, and the person's name, and an inscription is entered in the tree ledger. The trees have been dedicated for a variety of purposes so far, some as memorials, some as gifts, and others to mark a birth or marriage. The response to the project has been great so far, with most of the dedications coming from America, but some from as far away as Moscow. People from all around the world can see the benefit of a project such as Rooted in Ireland.

Ten thousand trees will have been planted when the project has reached completion, regardless of how long it takes. The directors (who financed the project from their own pockets) receive no income from this, it truly is a labor of love. However, the project is currently being considered for funding by various bodies, and is open for random donations, and it is this money, along with money from purchased dedications, that sustains Rooted in Ireland. If you believe in karma, this business is destined to succeed. With all the information out there about global warming and carbon footprints, a project such as Rooted in Ireland, deserves to succeed!
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Rooted in Ireland is an Irish project that plants oak trees. They offer Memorial Trees , and also have an Irish Gifts online store.
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