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Himalayan Birch (Betula Utilus Jacquemontii)

Austrian Black Pine (Pinus Nigra Nigra)

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Fermoy School Children Join Global Initiative Tackling World Biodiversity Day The Easy Treesie Busy Bee Way

9 July 2019, The Avondhu

Cork children can take a bow heading into National Biodiversity Week, they are setting an un-bee-lievable example as they round off their successful season of tree planting. This week they will add Fermoy’s 560 new trees to the U.N.-backed “Plant-for-the-Planet” trillion tree initiative with an avenue of ten Lime Trees on Fermoy’s Link Road.

The collapse of insect and wildlife has been in the news this week due to the report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services issued in Paris on May 6th. “Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely”, warned this landmark publication. Children have shown their concern in weekly Friday protests following the call to action of Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg. Tidy Towns leader Ken Barry paid tribute to his tree-mendous team who have been supporting local school children in their desire to protect their planet and provide for nature solutions making provision for Biological Diversity.

The planting parties this week with Bishop Murphy and Gaelscoil de hÍde schoolchildren will be preceded by a presentation by Orla Farrell, Easy Treesie project founder on the importance of tree planting for capturing carbon dioxide, insulating against sounds of traffic and managing drought and flooding. Cork County Council is supporting this workshop for the children so that they will understand the importance of nurturing our young trees and cherishing the mature ones. President Michael D. Higgins is patron of the charity Crann – Trees for Ireland which supports this children’s global environmental initiative.

“What a great pleasure to be back in Cork planting an avenue of lovely limes on the approach road to Gaelscoil de hÍde.”, said Orla, a member of the “Crann – Trees for Ireland” board. This variety was specially selected by the Fermoy Beekeepers who sponsored the first two in the series, planted for National Tree Week as the school children worked away on 550 trees on Corrin Hill with the Fermoy Tidy Towns volunteers.

The “Earth Day” 4 limes were planted on Easter Monday- sponsored by Peadar Collins of the Irish Tree Center in local Kildorrery (who incidentally has already planted 1,000 trees in the town of Fermoy!) Peadar is also proud to be a director of Crann – Trees for Ireland. “The easy treesie – Crann project is delighted to be sponsoring the final lime trees on the Avenue. We are also preparing for World Environment Day in June which highlights the importance of tackling air pollution; what better way than by trapping traffic fuel emissions with deciduous leaves, a tested solution to clean the air and make Fermoy even more beautiful!”, said Orla.

The location of the Avenue is on the Link Road (opposite Texaco) on the Cork road at the south side of Fermoy. “Cork children have been an inspiration”, says Orla “After our amazing time with Scoil Clochar Mhuire Carrigtwohill who invited RTE’s Today Show to join our Harper’s Island Wetland Centre project we have managed to reach 15,024 trees planted by children! We will be matching the trees on this avenue through our joint SymmeTREE initiative with an equivalent amount of trees through Bill Liao of Cork’s superb”

The native trees on Corrin Hill are being supplemented in Fermoy by the lime trees which are known for their grandeur and beauty as well as their ability to be able to live to the ripe old age of 1,000 years and beyond. This species has nativized in Ireland over the centuries. This season’s varieties have been selected to make provision for Fermoy’s future climate and to ensure resilience as several of our native species such as the Ash and Elm have had to be struck from the planting list due to disease.

Local schools work hard to maintain their International Green Flag status and this initiative will help towards retaining these awards as well as making progress towards continuing Fermoy’s Tidy Towns and IBAL success. “It is a pleasure to work with children and their community to enhance this magnificent town”, said Orla who is a teacher and regular visitor to Fermoy with fond memories of childhood summers spent at her mother, Brid Kenneally’s home in Castlehyde.

“We are delighted to be affording these children the chance to be stewards of their own local environment, as part of a countrywide wave of planting with children this week, from Cork to Carlingford Lough” she said. The easy treesie-Crann project team extends an invitation to local volunteers including parents and grandparents of the school children who wish to join them on the day to assist.

Kildorrery Tree Exporting Firm Branches Out

Thursday 17th February 2019, The Avondhu

A Kildorrery based horticulture company, which specialises in the production of rare ornamental trees, is now branching out and exporting their produce to Europe.

Kildorrery native, Peadar Collins always had an interest in trees and all things horticulture from a young age. Born and bred in Kildorrery, Peadar attended St Fanahan’s College in Mitchelstown and went on to study horticulture with the Salesian Brothers in Co Meath, where he completed his degree.

“I grew up on a vegetable farm, that was my dad Peter’s business, which led me to the tree centre business I have today”, Peadar told The Avondhu.

The Irish Tree Centre was founded in 1995 and found its niche decorating private and public estates, hotels and golf courses throughout Ireland. In recent times, production exceeded indigenous demand and exporting was the only option.

“Exporting is very important at the moment”, Peadar told The Avondhu following a recent trip to Germany to drum up more export business, which he added went ‘very well’.


‘‘Irish business people need to take the initial steps towards exporting their produce. We can offer great value and, once that is in place, it is a matter of developing the business to meet new customer demands,” Peadar added.

Peadar is an expert in Irish and European arboretums, having gained industry experience in England and the Netherlands before returning to Cork. His nurseries are located in the Blackwater Valley, serving clients nationwide, with their own trees, both mature trees and semi-mature trees.

The centre grows more than 200 varieties of ornamental trees on a 50 acre site, exporting them to the continent where they are replanted in public parks and city centres.


“Any gardens with grisilenia would have been affected by the frost so I would recommend that people opt for laurel or beech”, Peadar told The Avondhu.

Peadar informed The Avondhu that he, like most other businesses throughout the country, was affected by the recession. “People are still placing orders but the amounts are much less so exporting is imperative to remain competitive.”

‘If you make your hobby your work, you will never have to work again’ is something that Peadar is testimony to. “Our season finishes at the end of March and we stop taking orders then, so we have a nice leisurely 5 day week in the summer. We then concentrate on maintaining the nursery until the season starts again in October and we are back to a 7 day week in the winter but I love what I do.”

Irish Tree Centre’s Big Day Out

27 August 2015, Kildorrery


All roads lead to The Irish Tree Centre in Kildorrery this Saturday, August 29 2015, as it celebrates 20 years in operation by hosting its Big Day Out event in support of Epilepsy Ireland.

Irish Tree Centre Founder Peadar Collins, is putting the word out that everybody is invited to attend to join in the celebrations which will run from noon until 6pm.

The Irish Tree Centre is a leading mature tree nursery serving clients nationwide, with their very own selection of both mature and semi-mature trees. Their comprehensive selection of ornamental trees, produced in their tree nurseries, or specially imported, coupled with their design and care expertise, make the Irish Tree Centre your premium partner in adding beauty to your estate.

Speaking to The Avondhu, Peadar Collins said that 1995 seems like only yesterday and that it’s hard to believe that the centre is celebrating 20 years in business already. “We hope that this open day will set us on course for the next 20 years. It’s no harm to reboot the business and shake off the recession as we are working our way out of it. Over the past 20 years we have really enjoyed working with people’s interesting projects. It’s great to do something so worthwhile that still lasts and will continue to do so. Autumn is soon coming, come and see the trees looking their best in leaf and make plans.”

This Saturday, in addition to supporting an extremely worthy cause in Epilepsy Ireland, visitors will be have the perfect opportunity to learn how to beautify their garden whilst having a wonderful family day out. Experts from The Irish Tree Centre will be on hand to give advice, answer questions and introduce visitors to their huge range of mature trees.

As it's a special day a 20% discount is on offer and all activity sales on the day go to the charity.

The 20th anniversary Big Day Out event in support of Epilepsy Ireland is jam packed with attractions for the whole family with live music from the Hilltop Hobos, the opportunity to bid for an exclusive tree-themed print by prominent artist Solimar Harper, munch on a roast pig on a spit donated by Phillip O'Brien and cooked by Adare Farms, enjoy Silver Pail ice-cream served by the Irish Tree Centre mini-chefs. There will also be free tours on a golf buggy around the centre.

The Irish Tree Centre is located just outside the village of Kildorrery and ample parking is available. Visitors can look forward to a wonderful day no matter what the weather as there are indoor as well as outdoor activities.

Irish Tree Centre planting the seeds for the future in Kildorrery

19 September 2013, The Avondhu

After the boom, Peadar Collins was left with a big challenge, as he had to figure out how to stay in business, combat a drop in sales and expand at the same time.

From a very young age, Peadar Collins of the Irish Tree Centre in Kildorrery, had a keen interest in plants and trees and this passion has been the guiding source for his business since 1996.

He knew that it was always something he wanted to pursue as a career and he studied for three years in the Salesian College of Horticulture in Meath.

"I like the idea that if I come up with something, I can make it happen and when you start your own business, you take the good with the bad, the success with the losses," Peadar said.

Irish Tree Centre transform a busy Mitchelstown roundabout

October 18 2012, Joe Leogue, The Corkman


A LEADING landscaper has offered to completely transform a busy Mitchelstown roundabout at absolutely no cost to the cash-strapped county council.

Local officials this week praised the generosity of Peadar Collins of the Irish Tree Centre, who has offered to landscape the Kildorrery road roundabout on the Mitchelstown relief road.

Peadar said his familiarity with the road between Mitchelstown and Kildorrery inspired him to approach the county council with the idea. "I used to cycle that road to school, and that is an absolutely killer hill to cycle up. The new road there is fantastic, and the roundabout is right smack in the middle of it," Peader told The Corkman. "I'd love to landscape it. As part of our locality, it has a lot to offer."

"People in this area are very good to me, this is just a small way of saying thank you," he added. Peadar says that the project will cost somewhere between €20,000 and €25,000 but insists that the council will not bear any expense.

"I'll be using very particular trees in landscaping the roundabout, they will be all specimen trees, ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old. The idea is that the display will be representing the four seasons of the year.

"It would be very unusual with sculpted trees as its centrepiece. It will be both fitting for its surroundings, and offering something different," he explained. It is a busy time of year for the Kildorrery-based business, Peadar added. "The weather is very challenging for us, but our business is geared up for that. "Our season started this week and concludes in April. We're at it hammer and tongs lifting trees, we supply all over the country and export trees too," he said.

Peadar's offer was revealed to local councillors at Tuesday's meeting of the Fermoy Area Committee. Area Engineer Brendan O'Gorman said the council had been reluctant to endorse 'adopt-a-roundabout' ideas in the past for a number of reasons, but praised this offer and said it would be brought to the local AROMA group for approval. "Times have changed and money is so tight we have to embrace a really positive community initiative like this," Mr O'Gorman said.

Tree export firm targeting growth

17 January 2011, The Sunday Business Post

An Irish horticulture company, which specialises in the production of rare ornamental trees, has exported its produce to mainland Europe for the first time in the past two weeks.

"Our strategy is to continue to grow the business and we aim to have 50 per cent of our operation dedicated to exporting over the next three years," said Peadar Collins, founder of the Irish Tree Centre.

"Exporting such large trees and keeping roots intact is a challenge, but our business is as strong as any of its kind in Europe."

The Irish Tree Centre grows more than 200 varieties of ornamental trees on a 50-acre site in Kildorrery in North Cork. The trees are exported to the continent where they are replanted in public parks and city centres.

The company began trading in 1995 and found its niche decorating private and public estates, hotels and golf courses throughout Ireland. In recent times, production exceeded indigenous demand and exporting was the only option.

The company was confident that there was sufficient demand for unique specimen trees across Europe, having received positive feedback from the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the emerging markets of eastern Europe.

"Irish business people need to take the initial steps towards exporting their produce," said Collins.

"We can offer great value and, once that is in place, it is a matter of developing the business to meet new customer demands."

Collins employs three people and expects to increase this in the coming months. As a niche market, the amenity horticultural nursery industry was severely affected by the recession and Collins said that exportation was necessary to remain competitive.

"We will achieve a higher sales volume in Europe," he said. ‘‘We won’t have all our eggs in one basket and will increase production steadily every year."

Collins is an expert in Irish and European arboretums, having gained industry experience in England and the Netherlands before returning to Cork. He said that the economic boom of the late 1990s enabled him to grow the Irish Tree Centre and generate finance to plough back into the business.

"We have very good clients in Ireland and love doing business here," he said. "But I think Irish companies concentrated too much on ourselves during the boom, and it is important to keep expanding your business."

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