Spar National Tree Day: 2,000 free native Hazel tree saplings available for primary schools to plant 

Pictured at the launch of Spar National Tree Day in the Botanic Gardens are: Cormac Downey, president of the Tree Council Of Ireland, Brendan Fitzsimons, CEO of the Tree Council of Ireland with Colin Donnelly, Spar sales director and Helen Lalor, Spar marketing manager

This Thursday, 5 October, Spar is giving primary schools the opportunity to plant one of 2,000 free Native Irish hazeltree saplings



3 October 2023

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Spar, in partnership with the Tree Council of Ireland, is calling on primary school children across the country to take the pledge and plant a tree on Spar National Tree Day, Thursday, 5 October 2023.

This year’s campaign, themed Nuts about Nature”- “Fiáin chun Dúlra”, aims to encourage children, parents and teachers to connect directly with nature by planting one of the 2,000 Native Irish Hazeltree saplings available free to primary schools on

Spar National Tree Day offers a great opportunity for children and their teachers to step outside the classroom and foster a deeper understanding of trees and their role in nature.

This year’s ‘Nuts about Nature’ campaign focuses on the native Hazel tree, also known as Corylus avellana or Crann Coll, which plays host to a diverse ecosystem and highlights its crucial role in supporting biodiversity as well as being the home for the campaign’s mascot, Sammy Squirrel.

The campaign compliments Spar’s wider ‘Team Tree’ activity which saw the brand announce its commitment to planting 20,000 native Irish trees this year as part of its year-long 60th anniversary celebrations.

Further in-store celebrations are being brought to life this week through a consumer competition that offers Spar shoppers the chance to win one of 25 children’s gardening kits.

To find out more about this year’s Spar National Tree Day and for schools to claim their free native Irish Hazel tree, visit



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