Marking the beginning of National Tree Week, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, today launched the 'Irish Tree Trail', a guide to Ireland's 28 Native Trees by Irish Tree Council members, broadcaster Éanna Ni Lamhna and children from the Green Schools Committee at St Laurence's National School, Baldoyle, Dublin.
The film, sponsored by the Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI), comprises twenty-eight 2-3 minute shorts covering each of Ireland’s native trees. Filmed in Dublin’s Botanic Gardens and St. Anne’s Park, as well as the school grounds, the project was inspired by the 'Dublin Tree Trails', which are currently available in several Dublin parks.
The Minister said: “I am delighted to launch this film and commend the efforts that went into its making. It supports in a very accessible way the curriculum on sustainable development in schools and will also help raise wider awareness of the importance of our native trees”.
EAI sponsored production of the film via its ‘Value of Electricity’ competition, with the winner, Julia Piotrowska, a pupil at St Laurence’s, receiving €500 for her school to fund an environmental project.
Owen Wilson, CEO at EAI said: “I’m delighted the future generation is taking such a keen interest in our planet and helping to reduce the impact of climate change. The film is a fantastic educational resource, which EAI is proud to have sponsored on the back of Julia’s well deserved win.”
The films were made by former RTE broadcaster, Aileen O'Meara who has previously worked on guides to Merrion Square and the Botanic Gardens.
The films are available free from the school website from today.
In 2016 the Electricity Association of Ireland (EAI) invited primary and secondary school pupils (age 9 to 15) to produce a short video, vime or poster that highlights the value of electricity.
EAI is the representative body for the electricity sector operating within the Single Electricity Market (SEM) on the island of Ireland.