Tree inspired

Posted on: 3rd November, 2014

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

By Grant Jenkins, The Tree Company.

On the radio the other day, I heard how some US companies are giving up to ten thousand dollars to their employees to select the desk and chair of their own choice for their office. This creates a positive comfortable work environment encouraging feelings of value, personal aesthetic and loyalty, which in turn results in positive productivity.

How we construct the spaces where we spend most of our time is incredibly important to our holistic sense of wellbeing. This careful consideration should be given to all our living spaces including our gardens, roadsides, streets, towns, parks etc. We all benefit, for example, from well-managed street trees, which break up the hard concrete surfaces in a city or town, an office window might be the only place some of us experience the changing colours of the seasons and walking beneath a green canopy is a wonderful sensory experience of sight, sound and smell we mostly take for granted.

Last winter the high winds and storms changed some of our landscapes and brought down many trees. This now gives us a great opportunity to recreate and ‘consider’ some of these spaces, to improve and enjoy new environments. Most of the trees which blew down here in West Cork were dense crowned coniferous (evergreens), some planted too close together, some on shallow soil, some with disease, some simply due to poor or no maintenance, deciduous trees suffered for these reasons too but on the whole it was the cypresses, spruces and pines, which were hardest hit. From now until March is the planting season and time to replace these losses with perhaps more prudent species of trees and shrubs, keeping in mind how different trees and shrubs will fulfill our prescribed hopes for outcomes. There are many points to consider, their overall shape, position, contrast, juxtaposition, sound, seasonal colour, height, flower, fruit, smell, context, use, maintenance, hardiness etc. We are all very visually aware and information rich these days and with some of our modernity there are some crass values and shallow ideals whereby we are encouraged to indulge in quick fixes and short term returns, but living alongside nature, with trees, is one of the core fundamental sensory pleasures that can make us, as humans, happy; planting trees is great example that demonstrates to our children how to invest and value the quality of lives of future generations.

As architects and designers strive to create ‘happy buildings’, we can all have a hand in developing and experimenting in our gardens and townscapes to create beautiful, interesting, inspirational, diverse outdoor living spaces and vistas to enhance our own very personal sense of positivity. Happy planting everyone!

If you need any further information regarding this article or indeed any other tree matters please get in touch with us at The Tree Company, Ballydehob, Co Cork or email us at info@thetreecompany.ie or call our office on 028 37630.

Latest News Articles:

West Cork girls among first to earn Irish Girl Guides’ new engineering badge
What is GDPR and who does it affect?
Kinsale historic map project launched
Dunmanway launches year-long celebration of Sam Maguire
Sam Maguire School Tour launched
Fundraising drive to get Kinsale students to World Robotics Championships to Kentucky
Answer the Call to save lives on March 23
Clonakilty students return from trip of a lifetime to rural Malawi
Clonakilty Fairtrade Fortnight celebrates 15 years
€44 million to improve Cork roads

Join us on Facebook

... See MoreSee Less

13th April, 2018  ·  

An evening on the 'Balance of Feeling Good' by Clonakilty Gaa Club Health and Wellbeing Committee followed by Guest Speaker, Cork GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy.

Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
... See MoreSee Less

12th April, 2018  ·  

The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance by emailing schulldramagroup@gmail.com

For more information please contact hilary.mccarthy6@gmail.com
... See MoreSee Less

9th April, 2018  ·  

Jump to:

Top