About Us

What is the Tree Council?

The Tree Council is an umbrella body for organisations involved in tree planting, management and conservation. The main role of the Tree Council is to promote the planting, care and enjoyment of trees. The Tree Council aims to educate the public through the organisation of events and tree related activities, the publication of literature, the management of national tree records and through the provision of an information service to the public.

The heritage trees register is an important resource that the Tree Council of Ireland, in conjunction with the Irish Tree Society, is involved in creating and maintaining. We all want our heritage and ancient trees to survive as long as possible and to do this we need to protect them. The only way we can do this is to know where they are. We need to find them, map them, photograph them and record them. (Tree Preservation Orders are placed on trees by Local Authorities)

Who are the Tree Council?

The Council is comprised of representatives of the member organisations; each organization has an entitlement to send one representative once it is accepted as a member.

The Tree Council Management Group consists of officers elected by the representatives.


President: Joseph McConville

Vice-President: Éanna Ní Lamhna

Treasurer: Michael O’Brien

Liaison Officer: Cormac Downey

PRO: Felicity Gaffney


Eamon Magee

Advisory Consultants

Dr Gerhardt Gallagher

Kevin Hutchinson

Mary Keenan


Administrator: Kay Hartigan

CEO: Brendan Fitzsimons