Context

Initially 80% forest covered, Ireland saw its forest area plummet to 1% in 1928 before rising slightly to 11% of the land today. A rate, which remains below the European average of 33.5%. Since the 1980s, the country has started a vast reforestation program. In 2019, the Irish government announced a new plan to plant 440 million trees by 2040, or around 8,000 hectares per year.
 

 

Supported project

In 2022-2022, L'OCCITANE Ireland and the L'OCCITANE Foundation continue to support the Hometree association in a project to restore Irish woodlands. This reforestation program will plant over 3,500 trees of 18 different native varieties. These have been selected specially to regenerate biodiversity.


The installation of seed tunnels in nurseries, which are rare in Ireland, completes this project, allowing the production of 1,350 young trees for planting. Encouraging the planting of native trees is one way to restore wild habitat for insects and wildlife. 

Some figures 

Budget 15,000 euros

Goal 3,500 planted trees

Goal 18 preserved varieties

History

L'OCCITANE Ireland and the L'OCCITANE Foundation have already partnered with Hometree in 2020-2021 to support their program to promote agroforestry and organic farming in Ireland. Find out more here.