Carbon Sequestration & Biodiversity

Plant trees and promote biodiversity

Why it's important

Planting trees is important because

  •  Trees provide economic return through grants and premia from the Irish Government
  •  Trees are the single most efficient way of sequestering carbon
  •  Properly managed trees on farms provide many many environmental services such as soil
    erosion mitigation, water protection and biodiversity enhancement
  •  Spending time amongst trees has been shown to be positive for mental health
  •  Trees provide shelter for livestock reducing lamb mortality for example
  •  Grazing season can be extended in pastures with well planned tree cover.
  •  Ireland has one of the lowest tree coverage rates in Europe

Habitat restoration, according to Cornell Law School, “means the manipulation of the physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of a site with the goal of returning the majority of natural functions to the lost or degraded habitat.”
As more and more habitats have become degraded and more plant and animals become threatened or even extinct there is increasing realisation of the importance of biodiversity and ecological resilience for the survival of earth’s biome as we have known it. There’s also increasing awareness of the critical importance of natural systems for human survival. Powerful examples of this include fears around the loss of pollinators due to the widespread use of insecticides and the loss of soil biodiversity due to inappropriate cultivation practices; both of these trends pose significant threats to human food supplies as well as to many of our co-inhabitants on this planet.

What is CALL doing about it

Spreading the word on planting

We are promoting the planting of trees as a complement to other farming activities. We do so by offering information on grants and premia and how to get the work done through talks, walks and tree events.

Planting at large scales

We have been involved in several tree planting efforts in Louisburgh Locality area totaling over 43 acres of native trees planted so far. We encourage novel ways of purchasing and planting land such as community forests and co-ops.

Habitat restoration

CALL is encouraging habitat restoration in places such as abandoned cut-away bogs and other marginal land areas. We are expecting to be able to identify and perhaps even promote the set-up of funding schemes aimed at encouraging landowners to engage with restoration schemes in marginal and areas and along river banks.

Biodiversity studies

We have recently (May 2023) been approved for grant aid towards a baseline ecological study of the Carrowniskey and Ballyhip rivers. We would like to keep researching the status of our resources with studies like this one.

What can YOU do about it

Enjoy nature

Join a forest walk

Get planting

Plant some of your own land. Talk to us about your plans to plant – maybe we can help. If you don't have space to plant in your land, get involved in the next community forest adventure.

Habitat restoration can be carried out on a large scale such as in abandoned cut-away bogs or on a small scale such your own garden where you can let parts of it go wild or semi-wild. Good examples of small scale restoration include letting parts or all of your grassy areas go uncut for all or part of the year, letting your hedge-rows grow as they please or digging a pond where you once had a lawn. CALL members have successfully carried out all of these practices in their own gardens and are happy to give advice to anyone enquires. Visits to sites and gardens that have had restoration can be be arranged by request to this website. You can also plant trees wherever you have space and you can sow species of plants that are good for pollinators.

External links & Resources

Below you can find some links we find particularly useful when planting and helping our biodiverse environment to thrive

provides advice, training and research on farm forestry and related matters

Useful information on grants and schemes available

Photo by Adrian Tiernan, @artaltitudesdroneworks

Free Trees to collect on 18.02.2024 February 16, 2024 - Free Trees to collect (18th Feb 2024) ! Collect Trees at Callacoon ! This Sunday (18.02.2024) between 11am and 1pm CALL (Climate Action Louisburgh Locality)...
We are searching for an impactful Action Officer February 7, 2024 - Climate and Biodiversity Action Officer, Co Mayo Climate Action Louisburgh Locality (CALL) is a not-for-profit organisation of volunteers working together for a sustainable future. We...
Giving away more trees 🌳 February 5, 2024 - We have been busy serving a distributor of the new free trees Ireland project to help planting trees across the land. The network of distributors...
Winter 2023-2024: sharing trees January 9, 2024 - This winter season we are continuing sharing trees with our community. We received 340 native trees from Paddy Mangan, who performed a wonderful gesture this...
River study completed December 19, 2023 - Last summer we carried out the surveys and eco studies of Ballyhip and Carrowniskey rivers. The study was funded by the Community Waters Programme and...
Eco Tour 12th October November 5, 2023 -
New grants to afforest the land – Find out here how to get them! September 5, 2023 - The European Commission approved new afforestation measures this August, and with these measures, we in CALL are looking into alternatives for planting: through the purchase...
Event: CALL’s exploring our rivers this Heritage day August 10, 2023 - Join us on Thursday, August 17th at 10.30am, at the banks of the Bunabhann River starting at the Bridge, to test water samples for life...
A new Beehive July 24, 2023 -