National Tree Week runs until Saturday, encouraging people throughout Ireland to go for woodland walks and plant trees. As one of the least wooded countries in Europe, Ireland has developed a number of initiatives to rectify this. In the year 2000, 16 millennium forests were developed and a tree was planted for every household in Ireland.
In this RTÉ News report from 2 October 2002, Paul Cunningham visits the millennium forests almost two years after the trees were planted. 50% of the trees planted were oak, and are beginning to develop, but they are still at risk of being eaten by deer. The project manager John McLaughlin says that people are welcome to visit, but they should not actually walk into the forest because the trees are still very small.