It’s hard to believe how fast time flies but here we are over a year since planting the first tree on the Calendar Road Tree Project. It was the 19th of March, 2021 when I decided to plant a tree a week in our long acre. The meadow is now transforming. There are birch trees, healthy in bud, many taller than myself and a few gorgeous oaks to join the established alders, willows, sycamore, hawthorn, blackthorn and ash.
While the year moved quickly the winter has been a long one, not cold but wet and miserable, covid-19 still clinging on despite everything stacked against it, and now war in Europe. But spring brings hope for all, and hope that things will soon become better in the world.
In our world of the Long Acre the ground was broken again with the spade. Today I plant two very important trees to represent the lives of two very important people. An oak for my Uncle Mick McClure who left us on the 21st of March, 2021 and a mountain ash for our dear friend Steve Dunford who passed on the 18th of September, 2021. Both men had a passion for Ireland, and for Irish History. Steve and Mick met some years ago out in Kilalla near Steve’s homeplace to talk about 1798 and Humbert. Both men had a strong connection to Wexford. Both men are truly missed by us and by their family and friends. Now these trees will grow opposite each other facing Keshcorran. The Mighty Oak and the Tall Mountain Ash to prosper here long after we’re gone.
This future forest will some day be a space for people to admire. Maybe to stop a little while and think about history, or write a few words or maybe to simply sing a long with the birds.