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Hello Forest Friends,

It's great to welcome you back! I hope you're all enjoying being back at school and seeing your friends and teachers again. I am so happy to introduce you all to SPAR, who you'll know from your neighbourhood. We've been working with them to prepare SPAR National Tree Day 2021 which takes place on Thursday, 7th October.

This year's theme is 'Trees are Good Neighbours' – 'Is comharsana den scoth iad crainn'. Trees are some of our greatest neighbours and are so vital to our environment and our planet. This year, in return, we are thinking about how we can be good neighbours to our trees.

You can see just what makes trees such good neighbours here and this year we're also going to have a look at the wonders that live under the tree! From insects to plant life, there's a whole eco-system to be discovered! They also provide shelter and food for birds, insects and animals – including me. You'll find out more here.

One of the cleverest things that trees do is to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen and help us to fight climate change. So, this year my top tip to being a good neighbour is to plant more trees!

To help, this year we're giving away FREE saplings of one of my favourite Irish native trees - the Wild Cherry - also known as Prunus avium or Crann Silíní Fiáin – for you to plant on your school grounds or in a pot in your classroom. The Wild Cherry is a fantastic neighbour; my bird friends love to feast on the cherries that appear each autumn!

Click here to find out how to get your FREE tree and check out our video on how to plant a tree here.

Right now, nature needs more good neighbours than ever before so please don't forget to take the Forest Pledge to be a lifelong friend of the environment!

So get (nut) cracking on planting your tree and don't forget to say 'Hi' if you see me while you're out and about enjoying a nature walk!

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