Today is a special blog post written by our friends at Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland. Read on and find out about them and how you can help them by buying one of our special dedicate a tree packs.
As the red and brown colours of autumn begin to appear in the trees, we look forward to the forthcoming tree planting season beginning in mid-November. During the 2010/2011 winter Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland planted more than 100,000 trees across Northern Ireland in spite of many weeks of snow and we hope to plant even more trees this winter. Many of the trees we grow ourselves with tree seed collected from areas of old woodland, for example in the Glens of Antrim.
This year we are also planting some trees on publicly accessible sites for Trees2myDoor. Planting trees is good for the landscape and biodiversity and also a great way to involve and inspire local people to become involved in improving their area.
Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland (CVNI) promotes the support, development, training and practical involvement of individuals in action to improve the environment.
CVNI works in partnership with a wide range of individuals and organisations including schools, businesses, community groups, local authorities and government agencies to involve people in projects to improve their environment, learn new skills, and at the same time becoming more environmentally aware and more active in their community.
From its five offices CVNI provides advice, support, training and information as well as practical action through our own practical groups, including Conservation Action Teams and Green Gym groups. All our projects result in practical environmental improvement through voluntary effort and include tree planting, drystone walling, path creation, woodland management, pond construction, hedgelaying, building school nature areas and creating informal urban open spaces.
To give some idea of the scale of CVNI’s activities, during the year from April 2010 to March 2011 we achieved the following outputs:
- Total number of sites we worked on to improve the environment: 392
- Total number of people involved: 21,675
- Total number of days of volunteer involvement: 34,142
Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland is the Northern Ireland region of BTCV which is a UK-wide environmental charity.
Thanks for reading about CVNI and the excellent work they do, if you would like to help them out, why not dedicate a tree in Northern Ireland today?