Planting Trees to Reverse Climate Change

Latest research shows that planting trees can make an immense contribution to reversing climate change.

According to The Guardian, tree-planting “has mind-blowing potential” to tackle climate crisis:


“Forest restoration isn’t just one of our climate
change solutions, it is overwhelmingly the top one. It is
overwhelmingly more powerful than all of the other climate
change solutions proposed.”


Over one year a mature tree takes up about 22 kilograms of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and in exchange releases oxygen
European Environment Agency

Planting trees can be a very effective and wholesome way of mitigating the effects of climate change, increasing biodiversity, and healing the planet.

At present, only 10% of land in Ireland is covered by forests, and only 1% is covered by natural native woodlands, as opposed to commercial monoculture plantations.

Ireland is in desperate need of more trees.

Planting new native woodlands, and restoring forests through natural regeneration will play a key role in Ireland’s contribution to offsetting emissions and reversing climate change.

The beauty of a tree cannot be overstated, and the contribution trees make to the mental and emotional, as well as physical well-being of humans, is immense.

tree old and new owl in trees wors view of tree tops

Key Aims

One of the key aims of the Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary project is to protect and restore biodiversity in the Lough Grainey Valley, by rewilding and restoring an oak forest, and to inspire other similar projects in Ireland and globally.

We envision Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary to
become Ireland’s flagship project
in rewilding and protection of biodiversity.


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