Fao; Picture Desk 21042017 – no repoduction fee
Pictured at the launch of Giants Grove a joint project of Birr Castle Demesne and Crann – Trees for Ireland – the President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins with Henry Clements, Grandson of Lord Rosse. The project aims to create, through public participation, the largest grove of giant redwoods outside of California, within the historic gardens of Birr Castle Demesne. To date almost ninety giant or coastal redwood trees are sponsored in the names of Irish people living abroad as well as people here at home. Some trees have also been purchased in the names of loved ones gone before us. A certificate is provided with GPS details of your place in the Giants Grove.  In addition to paying for the planting and establishment costs, sponsorship, starting at €500, provides a trust fund for the care & maintenance of the forest grove. As well as a certificate of dedication, the names of the sponsors are inscribed in a book of honour at Birr Castle. Each sponsor also receives membership of Crann – ‘Trees for Ireland’ for one year. Trees have been purchased from the US, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, other countries in Europe and Ireland.  Further details are available at
Pictured Colm Mahady / Fennells – Copyright© Fennell Photography 2017

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