Sponsor An Alder Tree


Alders are the rock stars of the trees, achieving intense work at making the soil fertile in their 60 years lifetime.

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Every two days around 800 square kilometres of forest cover are lost worldwide. Conversion to agricultural land, unsustainable harvesting of timber, unsound land management practices, and creation of human settlements are the most common reasons for this loss of forested areas.

Here is a chance for you to participate towards reconstructing a lush and green Ireland.

Trees are the only living elements that can actually absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store it as wood in their trunks, branches and roots even in the soil around them. Trees can heal around them : climate, air, living systems, water tables, soil creation…
By deeply affecting the carbon exchanges around them through the soil, whose lifeforms are the basis of plant fertility, thus making it possible for widely balanced lifeforms to emerge. Their complexity also allows for wildlife shelters and beauty in our landscape.

Alders are one of the 28 native trees of Ireland. They grow best in boggy lands and they have a very special role as a pioneer plant in helping the soils to be more fertile through the nodules they form in the ground together with a bacterium called Frankia : their partnership allows for the Alder to absorb the nitrogen in the air and turn it into being available for other plants who depend on the soil resources of nitrogen : They can bring up to 320 kilograms per hectare ! As a consequence, some really big and CO2-absorbing trees such as Oak and Ash are able to grow and balanced ecosystems can emerge.

We will be sending you a confirmation e-mail containing the precise GPS coordinates of your Alder tree so that you can visit it in a years time, a couple of years and decades into the future. 

Permaculture Resources Ireland is a team of sustainable forest management experts committed to re-establish a self-regenerative ecosystem in Ireland and all the trees are to be planted in native forest projects, agroforestry or ecological restoration initiatives.


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