The Tree Council of Ireland, supported by Tetra Pak, is calling on primary schools across the country to get involved in Tetra Pak Tree Day and plant a tree on Thursday, 1st October 2020. Pictured at Tetra Pak Tree Day 2019 in the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin are Frankie O’Toole, Zac Fitzpatrick, Amaia Tamayo and Lisa Sukkooba Senior Infant students from Our Lady of Consolation School in Donnycarney. (Picture: Marc O’Sullivan)

Primary schools across the country are being asked to plant a tree on Thursday, 1st October 2020, by getting involved in Tetra Pak Tree Day.

The theme for this year’s campaign is “Be a Force for Nature” to encourage primary school children around the country to become more active in sustainability and climate issues.

Tetra Pak Tree Day is an opportunity for children, teachers and parents to put down the school books, spend time outdoors and learn to become more environmentally aware.

As part of this year’s Tree Day, 1,500 native tree saplings will be made available through the campaign website for primary schools to plant on their school grounds, or in a pot in the classroom.


Each year the event places a focus on a different native tree and this year the chosen tree is the Scots Pine or An Giúis, one of Ireland’s few native evergreen trees.

The seeds from the Scots Pine cones are one of the red squirrels’ favourite foods and honey bees use the tree’s resinous sap to make propolis or bee glue; a sealant for their hive that also protects them from bacteria and viruses.

The campaign’s mascot Sammy Squirrel can be found on the back of Avonmore school milk cartons from September with simple tips on how to become more environmentally conscious.

To find out more about this year’s Tetra Pak Tree Day and to claim a free Scots Pine sapling for your school, visit