Here at Trust Matters, we’ve accelerated our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint by recycling, drinking from reusable coffee cups, reducing energy output on heating, and lighting, and shutting down PCs in the evening. We’ve installed an electric vehicle charging point and we’re using recycled paper manufactured in a sustainable facility.

Like many of our clients, our appetite to help mitigate global warming is growing. To satisfy this and to thank our clients for valued business, we plant trees in on their behalf.

To do this we work with the Tree Council of Ireland (Comhairle Crann na hÉireann). The Tree Council is a non-governmental voluntary organisation that was set up in 1985 as an umbrella body for organisations involved in the establishment, management, and conservation of trees in Ireland. Their aim is to foster tree culture in Ireland through action and awareness.

Location of trees

We plant trees in the thriving, pretty village of Ballymacarbry, in northwest Co. Waterford. This land was acquired by the Tree Council to develop a community forest on the site which means that, in time, you can visit your tree.

Types of trees

The land is currently very lacking in biodiversity due to constant grazing. To help improve this we plant native trees; a mix of oak, birch, alder and scots pine.
Native trees are mainly broadleaved species and, depending on site conditions, are planted at a density of between 1,000 and 1,600 per acre (2,500 to 5,000 per ha). The land covered depends, therefore, on the number of trees planted.

As part of our tree planting project old streams will be restored and extensive wetland work will take place.

Woodland creation

Through sponsorship, every year The Tree Council plants the equivalent of approximately 150 acres (60 ha) of native woodland in Ireland. Over time these plantations grow into self-sustaining woodlands and remain in perpetuity. Once established, by law, the land cannot revert to a non-forest use.

It is with much thanks to the support of our wonderful clients that we are in a position to plant trees for the environment and for the benefit of future generations.