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Birr Castle: Ireland to have world's largest redwood forest outside of California

By Daire Courtney

Published 10/11/2016

Birr Castle says the grove will last for the next 1,000 years
Birr Castle says the grove will last for the next 1,000 years

Birr Castle has announced ambitious plans to create the largest forest of giant redwood trees outside of California, and they plan to do it through public participation.

The Giants Grove of redwood trees will be planted in the grounds of Birr Castle - and individuals in Ireland or abroad can buy space in the grove and sponsor it in their name. Birr Castle have also stated that trees can be named for deceased loved ones.

The Earl of Rosse, who lives at Birr Castle, and Crann – Trees for Ireland have teamed up as part of Lord Rosse’s 80th birthday celebrations to bring the spectacular trees to Ireland.

Lord Rosse said: “These will be the biggest trees in Ireland and the largest collection outside of California, fittingly here in Birr in a place which has the biggest treehouse in Ireland and also had the largest telescope in the world for over 70 years.

“By investing in this project with us, the sponsors will have the opportunity to make a personal impact on Ireland’s environment and world biodiversity conservation.

"Even if your family has long left Ireland, by investing in the Giants Grove you can ensure their family roots remain in Ireland for generations to come.”

Sponsorship fees start at €500 and will pay for the planting and maintenance of the trees.

Birr Castle says the grove will last “for the next 1,000 years.”

Clare Clark, project manager for Crann – Trees for Ireland said: “Irish people all over the world have roots in Ireland but, due to life choices and circumstance, they cannot or do not live here.

“By sponsoring redwoods in Giants Grove, our diaspora and their families in Ireland can plant redwood roots in Birr which will grow, thrive and sustain our environment, and enrich all our lives”.

To sponsor a tree, check out the Giants Grove website here.

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