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One Third of Irish Children Have Never Climbed a Tree

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ESB Tree Week hopes to reignite the nation’s love of trees through hundreds of events all over the country.

ESB embarked on a journey, bringing parents and Children through local woodlands, assessing their behaviour and asked both groups, “Why are trees important?” The journey was brought to life in a short film titled ‘Wood for the Trees’.

While parents were distracted by their phones and focused on the functional aspect of trees; oxygen, in stark contrast, the children came to life when surrounded by these magnificent beings and their love for them.

So what else did the survey uncover?

Screen Time

Alarmingly, parents claim that their children spend more time in front of a screen than outdoors, showing how our obsession with the online world is keeping us from enjoying the beneficial effects of trees.

RELATED: 5 of Ireland’s Most Beautiful Forest Parks

Generational Divide

“Back in my day, we played outside until the street lights came on or the sun went down.” Sound familiar? Well, 74% of parents say they used to climb trees “often” or “all the time” when they were children, yet they say only 5% of their kids climb trees.

Mental Health & Wellbeing

At a time when mindfulness and meditation are increasing priorities for families across Ireland due to work-life imbalances, stress and financial pressure, trees are proven to have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. The research backed this up with 82% of the respondents commenting that walking through a forest has a calming effect on them.

Do you and your family enjoy time in nature? Let us know in the comments.

Visit to find out about local events happening in your area, and to find ways to get outside to learn, grow and enjoy trees.

Sterimar MPU

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One Third of Irish Children Have Never Climbed a Tree


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