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Planting Stepping Stone Forests

We planted our first Stepping Stone forests in schools in early 2022. In fact the very first forest was planted on 11th February in Old Bawn Community School in Tallaght, Dublin.

In this first forest we planted 475 bare root trees and shrubs. All were native Irish and the planting mix included the following species: alder, atrawberry tree, silver birch, hazel, hawthorn, broom, spindle, holly, crabapple, scots pine, wild cherry, bird cherry,  blackthorn, dog rose,  goat (pussy) willow, elder, rowan, yew,  guelder rose, sessile oak, and  wych elm. We plant a wide range of species to try to promote as much biodiversity in our forests as possible.

During the 2021/22 bare root planting season we planted Stepping Stone Forests in seven schools across Tallaght and Clondalkin in South County Dublin. In total we planted over 3,600 trees and shrubs and planted a further 2,500 using our methods in Sean Walsh Memorial Park in Tallaght and on the Blanchardstown and Tallaght campuses of TU Dublin.

Tree planting in Sacred Heart JNS in March 2022
Tree Planting in Sacred Heart JS, Tallaght
Tree Planting in St Dominic's Mar 2022
Tree Planting in St Dominic's NS, Tallaght
Tree Planting in Colaiste Chilliain
Tree Planting in Colaiste Chilliain, Clondalkin
Tree Planting in Old Bawn Community School 2022
Tree Planting Old Bawn Comm School, Tallaght
Tree Planting in Colaiste Bride 2022
Tree Planting in Colaiste Bride, Clondalkin
Tree Planting in Sacred Heart SNS MArch 2022
Tree Planting in Sacred Heart SNS, Tallaght
Tree Panting in St Mary's SNS Clondalkin
Tree Planting St Mary's SNS, Clodalkin
Eanna Ni Lamhna presenting her book Wild Thinhgs at School to Sacred Heart JNS
Eanna Ni Lamhna at Sacredf Heart JNS
Stepping Stone Forest spades at the ready
Stepping Stone Forest spades at the ready
Stepping Stone Forests This is how you do it
Children learning how to plant trees

Interested in Planting a Stepping Stone Forest in Your School?

If you would like to plant a Stepping Stone Forest in your school please make contact using the details below.

Sponsors Required?

We are always looking for new sponsors for our school forests. The combined elements of environment and education that are involved in a school Stepping Stone Forest make for an ideal CSR opportunity. Please contact us for more information.



Further Reading

Wild Things at School

Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature: Why Naturalize Outdoor Learning Environments

Study Reveals How Forest Schools Can Benefit Children’s Development

7 Benefits of Climbing Trees

Healthy Trees, Healthy Kids!

The Mental Benefits Provided by Urban Forests

Why Green Spaces Are Good for Your Kid’s Brain

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