Why are Trees so important? Trees are vital. As the biggest plants on the planet,
they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilise the soil and give life to the world's
wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter.


Brehon Law, the native legal system of Ireland, functioned until the 17th century. It was incredibly forward-thinking for its time, eschewing corporal punishment for fines and other forms of restitution. It provided extensive protection for trees. In some cases the penalty for unlawfully felling a chieftain tree could be the same as the penalty for killing a human chief. Today, more than 150 acres of trees are lost every 

minute. This is a shocking number of trees and a major turn around in attitude toward our native giants. In Ireland we have the lowest percentage of trees covering ground in Europe - together we can change this. 


Our sponsor a tree project, launched in time for National Tree Week 2015, is an initiative to plant as many trees as possible in counties Clare and Galway. You can help by sponsoring one tree. As well as planting a tree, you will also help Celt to raise necessary funds to continue our environmental work.


Sponsoring a tree costs €15. If you wish to sponsor more than 10 trees, please contact us by email to enquire about a reduced rate. 

Consider this extract from an early legal poem:

A danger from which there is no escape

is the penalty for felling the sacred tree.

Thou shalt not cut a sacred tree

and escape with the fines for the seven noble trees

account of the fine of three cows

that is fixed for cutting its stem.

Most oppressive of it all

is the penalty of the seven commoners of the forest

for each of which there is a cow as payment:

the stem cutting of the birch,

the peril of the alder,

the undermining of the willow.

Declare restitution for them.

Read on to read the benefits of planting trees:

  • Reduces flooding by intercepting rainfall.

  • Cleans the air. Removes dust, particulates, absorbs ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants. (ISA Pamphlet, 1991)

  • Heating: Using trees as windbreaks allows savings. Reduction of our energy demands reduces our use of fossil fuels.

  • Trees act as a carbon-sink by removing the carbon from CO2 and storing it as a cellulose in the trunk while releasing oxygen back into the air. * Trees can absorb carbon dioxide at the rate of 26 pounds per year - especially young trees that are still growing. (Global Releaf-Georgia). One tree that shades your home will also save fossil fuel, cutting CO2 buildup as much as 15 forest trees. (The National Arbor Day Foundation)

  • Prevent soil erosion

  • Provide a canopy and habitat for birds, squirrels and other wildlife

  • Trees provide wood which can be used for furniture making, heating and more

  • Studies have shown that patients with views of trees out their windows heal faster and with less complications. Children with ADHD show fewer symptoms when they have access to nature. Exposure to trees and nature aids concentration by reducing mental fatigue.