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 reforesting this beautiful mythical part of Mother Earth.
Through luck and hard work we managed to buy a piece of land up the hill where we extended the garden vibes and started a community supported farm. To grow a garden in the traditional way you don't need much land so out of the 17 acres we bought we placed 10 acres in a trust and started hometree. 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.
After these two winters with the projects listed above we planted 7,527 trees, non invasive, native, mostly pioneer species, such as Willow, Alder, Birch, 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. Currently we buy our seedlings from Saul Mosbacher at celtmet.org .
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 into a forest. The idea that we can create forests through commerce is wonderful. For some of the projects we have worked on the companies 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. We believe this is real positive change and the more of us that stand behind these movements, the greater influence we have to create a greener, healthier world.
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 all business we do can be seen on this site on the projects page. What we promise is to welcome everyone and plant more trees, this land is our land and this land is your land. The land is in is managed by moy hill csa farm. it is a partnership run by Fergal Smith, Matthew Smith and Mitchell Corbett. Our promise is that the trees will not be sold or clear felled, some times trees will need to be felled to make room for larger trees to grow. The trees are planted for native forest and woodland.
As the Hometree movement grows we plan to acquire more land and plant more trees. We charge €3 for each planted but thiscovers 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) or look for some philanthropy, all we know is that things change and trees should grow tall.
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.