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In search of Ireland's most loveable tree story... What does a supermodel, a world famous chef, an All-Ireland football winning medallist and the 'King' of Tory Island have in common? They have (along with a number of others) agreed to take part in the inaugural National Tree Huggers 2014 Contest.

Welcome to the

National Tree Huggers 2014 Contest

Congratulations to Matt Fogarty - National Tree Hugger 2014

Through the National Tree Huggers 2014 Contest Just Forests aims to get people in Ireland to look around them and appreciate the fabulous trees in their locality. People and trees with interesting stories from all over Ireland will be taking part in the contest in 2014. Unlike in other contests, the age, beauty and height of the trees are not really that important. What is important though is the story that the tree holds.

The aim of the contest is to increase awareness of interesting Irish trees and the historical and natural heritage that they represent - our natural heritage is important and should be observed, appreciated and protected and we are blessed here in Ireland to have so many magnificent trees of historical and cultural significance. 

Your support will help Tree Planting & Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR)

This project will also help to heighten awareness of Ireland's dependancy on imported timber and the consequences of that international trade. The proceeds from this initiative will go towards producing a DEAR teaching resource (World of Wood) for woodwork and construction studies teachers here in Ireland that will help them to embed a development education (DE) perspective in the curriculum. 

The proceeds will also be shared with our international partner WeForest to plant trees in equatorial regions of the world.

WeForest has created a holistic solution to cooling down the Earth. In the process of doing so, it is transforming the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. The science on which WeForest is based represents a paradigm in which forestry, climate and cloud science meet.

WeForest is driven by a science-based estimation that if 20 million km2 of forest were replenished in equatorial regions, this would add 2% cloud cover to the Earth. This would protect the Earth from warming during a critical stage when humanity is transitioning to a world that works for all living things.

The tree with the most votes will be Ireland's nomination in the European Tree of the Year 2015 Contest

Do you have a special tree?

People are known to develop strong emotional ties with trees - yes even the toughest of us.

Trees with historical links or trees planted to commerate loved ones are seen as living memorials.

Big, strong stately and old trees can be a source of reassurance and give us a sense of place.

A new dedicated website

(www.lovemytree.ie) where the nation gets to vote for their favourite tree story

is under construction

The 2014 contest will be launched on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1 on Wednesday 1st October at 9.00AM ...nationwide voting will commence on the show and will continue for the whole month  of October.


Tree Huggin' NEWS

Tree-hugging the secret to koalas staying cool in heatwaves http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0604/621491-koala/

World Environment Day- Friday 06 June 2014:Nepal tree-huggers set new world record-More than two thousand people including lawmakers and students hugged trees in a park outside Nepal’s capital Kathmandu to claim a new record on World Environment Day. http://www.rte.ie/news/special-reports/2014/0606/622080-nepal-tree-huggers-set-new-world-record/

The Examiner: Tree Hugging Now Scientifically Proven to Improve Health-Tree huggers rejoice. Those Hippies were on to something. Turns out Science says tree hugging is a great holistic health tip to relieve stress, increase calmness and possibly positively affect your physical health too.

So go on, don’t be shy, hug a tree. And if anyone calls you a fairy or some other namby-pamby derivative, tell them to join you or "F-off," you're doing holistic healing with Mother Nature. http://www.examiner.com/article/tree-hugging-boosts-your-health-it-s-not-just-for-tree-huggers-anymore

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