FTT Ireland Launch

FTT Ireland Launch

Future Trees Trust was formally launched in Ireland on May 16th 2012 at a ceremony attended by Michelle O'Neill (Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Stormont Executive) and Shane McEntee (Minister of State for Food, Horticulture and Food Safety in the Irish Government.)

The ceremony was hosted by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) at Loughgall, Armagh, home of one of Future Trees Trust's clonal sycamore seed orchards. The launch was attended by many FTT members, AFBI staff, representatives of governments north and south of the border and interested parties from across the Irish forestry sector.

In addition to hearing both Ministers pledge their support for the future of forestry in the island of Ireland and watching them plant an ash tree in the FTT sycamore seed orchard, the assembled "great and good" were given a brief introduction to our work by Peter Savill. A lively question and answer session followed and was continued over lunch.

Many thanks to the team at AFBI that organised the event so fantastically, arranged gifts of the miniature Future Trees Trust-branded ash hurley sticks for the Ministers (held by the Ministers in the photo above) and looked after everyone so well.

Posted on the 18th June 2012 at 3:50pm.