Lá na gCrann 2013 - 10 Deireadh Fómhair
Tree Day 2013 – October 10th

Tree Day is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland with the support of the Department of Education and Skills and is sponsored by Tetra Pak, with the support of Avonmore School Milk. Now in its seventeenth year, Tree Day will be held in all primary schools on Thursday, 10th October and on Tree Day, schools are invited to spend the day on the study of trees.

The theme for this year is "Show a little Atreeciation for trees" or "Bí mór le crann mór". With this theme, schools are invited to look at the many diverse aspects of trees, how they can help the environment, how they improve the air we breathe, how essential they are for birds and other wildlife and, overall, how important it is to plant a tree. In addition, schools can learn about the many recyclable products which come from trees.

On Tree Day, schools can also avail of a guided woodland walk at various locations and these walks are organised in association with the National Parks & Wildlife Service, Coillte, the OPW, the Dublin local authorities and some private owners. Each year a different native tree is highlighted on Tree Day and this year it is the turn of the hawthorn tree.

To support Tree Day, the Tree Council has developed www.treeday.ie, a website dedicated to the study of trees. This website contains a comprehensive resource pack for use by teachers which is complimentary to the primary school science syllabus. This resource pack is available in both Irish and English.

Over the years, teachers have been enormously co-operative and enthusiastic about Tree Day. We look forward to another Tree Day with similar enthusiasm and commitment.
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