The campaign will have great public appeal as the Phoenix Park celebrates its 350th Anniversary in 2012.

The Phoenix Park consists of 1750 acres (707 HECTARES) and if you multiply that 200 times you get a picture of just how much forests we have taken from developing economies - and we have being doing it for 350 years at least. MORE>>>

For every €10 you give Size of wales will double it to €20


Just €2 will protect an area of rain forest the size of Croke Park


SOPP is all about protecting natural resources for our children


The Phoenix Park marks 350 years in 2012. Now we need to replant an area 200 times the size of the Phoenix Park because for 350 years Ireland has been importing tropical timber from all over the world. Ireland is the least wooded country in Europe, with just 11.0% woodland cover (compared to a European average of around 44%). We are also the largest per-capita consumers of tropical wood in the EU...

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What is the Size of the Phoenix Park Project (SOPP)?
The SOPP aims to bring together people in Ireland to increase Ireland's forest cover and at the same time protect tropical forests.

Through the Size of the Phoenix Park Project (SOPP) we aim to turn that negative use of the country's dependance on imported timber on its head, by encouraging people to take positive action and help increase Ireland's forest cover and protect an area of rainforest equivalent to the size of our beloved Phoenix Park in Dublin-the largest city-centered park in Europe.

The Size of the Phoenix Park Project (SOPP) works with conservation projects in Ireland to increase our forest cover and in Africa to protect existing tropical forests, as well as helping local communities to increase forest cover where they believe it will be beneficial to the people, wildlife and soils of the area.

We look for good projects in Africa run by well established organisations that are addressing forest loss and damage to forests while also supporting the local people. An agreed set of criteria is used for assessing which projects to support. Then we go out and find partners for those projects especially from Ireland. These partners may be farmers with available land for planting, businesses, individuals, charities, community groups, schools, colleges or government bodies. Instead of acting as a middleman, we try to link the partners directly because we want the two sides to get to know each other and develop long term relationships where possible.

Rationale for the Size of the Phoenix Park Project (SOPP)?

I think you would agree that we have all benefitted from the uses of tropical timber and wood-based products in our everyday lives - furniture, musical instruments, decking, joinery, carvings, etc, as well as the environmental and ecological services of tropical forests. Wood is a wonderful renewable resource, but Ireland will have to become self-sufficient in our own timber needs, as traditional sources of supply in developing economies will probably stop as they keep their own timber for their own economic development.

Some research conducted by TEAK 21 suggests:  ‘When Ireland’s tropical timber imports are aggregated over the last 50 years, they represent a sizeable area of forest destruction. For example, to produce the country’s (1996) imports on a sustainable basis would require an area of natural forest some 200 times the size of the Phoenix Park in Dublin. In 2000, Ireland’s trade in tropical hardwoods increased by 140% in value over the 1999 figure. Levels of consumption have made Ireland one of the highest per capita consumers of tropical hardwoods in the EU.’

About the Phoenix Park

The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres) is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. The Phoenix Park was established in 1662 by one of Ireland’s most illustrious viceroys, James Butler, Duke of Ormond, on behalf of King Charles II. Conceived as a Royal deer park, it originally included the demesne of Kilmainham Priory south of the River Liffey, but with the building of the Royal Hospital at Kilmainham, which commenced in 1680, the Park was reduced to its present size, all of which is now north of the river. Shortly after the Park’s acquisition it was enclosed within a stone wall, which was initially poorly constructed. Subsequent wall repair and new build were necessary as the Park’s size and boundaries were adjusted and realigned. In 1668, Marcus Trevor, Viscount Dungannon, was appointed Ranger who, with two other keepers, was responsible for the deer, managing the Park’s enclosures and newly formed plantations.

About 30% of the Phoenix Park is covered by trees, which are mainly broadleaf parkland species such as oak, ash, lime, beech, sycamore and horsechestnut. A more ornamental selection of trees is grown in the various enclosures. A herd of Fallow Deer has lived in the Park since the 1660's when they were introduced by the Duke of Ormond. The Phoenix Park is a sanctuary for many mammals and birds and a wide range of wildlife habitats are to be found in the park. One such area is the Furry Glen, which is managed as a conservation area.


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There are as many reasons to plant a tree as there are species of trees. So, come on and:

Plant a tree for Sport
Plant a tree for Music
Plant a tree for a Wedding
Plant a tree for a Christening
Plant a tree for a Birthday
Plant a tree for an Anniversary
Plant a tree for a Retirement
Plant a tree for Friend
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Plant a tree for Life
Trees had special associations for the Celts and they assigned specific trees to each month on their 13 month calendar. The list below shows the birth tree associated with each month.

• Birch : Dec 24 - Jan 20
• Rowan : Jan 21 - Feb 17
• Ash : Feb 18 - March 17
• Alder : March 18 - April 14
• Willow : April 15 - May 12
• Hawthorn: May 13 - June 9
• Oak : June 10 - July 7
• Holly : July 8 - Aug 4
• Hazel : Aug 5 - Sept 1
• Vine : Sept 2 - Sept 29
• Ivy : Sept 30 - Oct 27
• Reed : Oct 28 - Nov 24
• Elder : Nov 25 - Dec 23

Just Forests is delighted to partner with Welsh Charity

'SIZE OF WALES' to protect tropical rainforests.

It's an astonishing fact that an area of rainforest the size of Croke Park disappears every second. Illegal logging is often seen as one of the driving forces.


2EURO will help protect one hectare of rainforest - that's the same size as Croke Park.


It’s time to play fair and give people in developing countries a fair deal and a fair price for their forest resources.


Micheal O Muircheartaigh,

Sports Commentator, Teacher, Author and

Patron of Just Forests

“We love it that people in Ireland want to join us to help protect tropical forests and are very happy to help Just Carbon get going. It will take more than Wales and Ireland to protect the world’s forests but between us we can set a good example to the rest of the world.


Every time supporters of Just Carbon donate another £707 to help protect another 707 Hectares (the size of Phoenix Park) between now and March 31st 2013 we will match it pound for pound or euro for euro and give it to one of the twenty forest conservation projects we are supporting.


Once it takes off we can allocate one particular forest area that Irish contributions will go to so you will know exactly where the tropical Phoenix Parks are. Many thanks to Just Forests for making this happen.”


Hannah Scrase,

Director of tropical forest charity

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• Manufacture 5 pounds of pure oxygen per day.
• Consume CO2 to fight the Greenhouse Effect that threatens our survival.
• Provide the cooling equivalent of 10 room-sized air conditioning units.
• Reduce fossil fuels used for heating & cooling.
• Collect pollutants from the air.
• Reduce noise pollution.
• Produce homes for birds and small animals.
• Enrich surrounding soil.
• Prevent soil erosion

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