November 29, 2020
Business News

Branching out: Transition year students sell birch trees for a fiver to help us turn over new leaf in battle against carbon

Three entrepreneurial transition year students have come up with a clever mini-company which they hope will help us all reduce our carbon footprint.

Hannah Moran (16), Alannah Guilfoyle (15) and Eleanor Stephens (16) from Loreto Secondary School Bray have set up Tree-O to sell silver birch trees for €5.

By selling and planting the trees, they are helping to clean up the earths atmosphere as one tree can take in up to one tonne of carbon out of the atmosphere in their life time of 60 years.

The three young women are taking part in the Student Enterprise Programme, an initiative run by the
Network of Local Enterprise Offices of Ireland and began selling the trees in late September 2019.

They carried out their own market research, researched different types of trees, found as many sources as possible and debated prices before choosing to source silver birch trees locally from Woodside Nurseries in Aughrim in south County Wicklow.

They settled on silver birch trees because they are hardy trees which are best planted between November and March which suited Tree-O’s selling time frame.

To order a tree, you can private message them on their Instagram, tree_0_ or you can email them at treeo2580@gmail.com.

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