21 Trees

The ‘Right’ Soil?

There is a trope in Ireland that native Irish trees cannot grow on Irish soil unless the soil is ‘right.’ Strangely, Irish soil seems always right for non-native Sitka spruce, a tree from North America, which is the most common tree planted in Ireland. I was told recently that a piece of land I came across was too stony for Irish trees. To that, I’d like to rebut with this photo of a yew, one of our 21 native trees, growing out of a rock. How little we think of nature, and how little we think of our native species, if we don’t believe they have the resilience to grow on our own land…

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