Hometree is a pretty basic idea, plant more trees. We are on the Atlantic coast of Ireland, it's wet, windy and cold and it's where we first started a community garden, in a unused plot of ground about 100m elevation and about 600m from the coast. When we planted the first apple trees we were told we were mad, that trees found it difficult to grow here, but they didn't, they grew tall and strong and produce delicious fruits. This was our reconnection to trees, we saw the birds come back and the soil in the garden improve, biodiversity, more life on the hill and the seeds of change blew in all directions. One direction was here to hometree, a group of people inspired by the lack of trees in County Clare in West Ireland and hope that we could do our part in regenerating and reforesting this beautiful mythical part of Mother Earth.
Through luck and hard work we managed to buy some more land up the hill where we extended the garden vibes and started a community supported agriculture farm. We needed about 4 acres for the growing vegetables so out of the 67 acres we plan to plant over 60,000 trees. We plant the trees and manage the forest and we watch and we wait and one day we shall sit under the shade or out of the wind and feel that we were part of biodiversity. All are welcome to come and enjoy the trees that we have planted and as the forest grows and more life returns.
Being part of the reforesting process either with a shovel and sapling in your hand or by making a donation helps us all reconnect to the Earth, reconnect us to the responsibility we have in protecting it.
Hometree is a registered charity. RCN 20100995
After these three winters with the projects listed above we planted 12,127 trees, non invasive, native, mostly pioneer species, such as Willow, Alder, Birch. And other native species Scots Pine, Rowan (Mountain Ash), Holly, Black and White Thorne and a few hundred Sessile Oak.
The long term plans are to build a nursery within the grounds, collect all of the seed and plant them close to where the seeds fell, so completing the loop closer to how nature would do it. Currently we buy most of our seedlings from Saul Mosbacher from Feakle in East Clare.
The inspiration to engage the wider community and ethical business came from being part of a surfing and environmental community. When floating the idea with some of the brands that support us, their positive reaction made us aware there was really a place for this to grow. The idea that we can create forests through commerce is wonderful. Some of the projects we partner with have committed to paying for one tree to be planted for each product they sell, its a big commitment when often the bottom line is the #1 priority.
Our commitment is to plant trees that are to be enjoyed by all, humans and animals alike. Our motto is simple, #moretreesplease. Our ethos is transparent and transactions can be seen on this site on the projects page. The land is in is managed by moy hill csa farm. 50 acres are owned by moy hill farm CLG, the directors are Sally Smith, Fergal Smith, Matthew Smith and Mitch Corbett. Our promise is that the trees will not be sold or clear felled. A link to hometree current finances can be seen here
As the Hometree grows we plan to acquire more land and plant more trees. We charge €3 for each planted but this covers the price of the seedling and the land but not management or labour so we might need to change the cost of the PPT (price per tree. All we know is that things change and are growing.
A leaving note; 12,000 years ago when modern agriculture begun there were roughly 1.5million trees on earth to every person, now with deforestation and growing populations there are less than 400 trees per person. Help us help earth.