Áras an Uachtaráin to Bloom with Love: Tree Planted in Honour of Adored Pooch, Bród

"President Higgins and Sabina Higgins Honored with Memorial Tree at Áras an Uachtaráin in Loving Memory of Bród, Beloved Bernese Mountain Dog"

Irish Seed Savers Association Presents President Higgins with Tree in Memory of Beloved Dog Bród

The Irish Seed Savers Association recently presented President Micheal D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins with a Lough Key Crab tree. This tree will be planted at Áras an Uachtaráin, the official residence of the President of Ireland, in memory of their beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, Bród. Bród, who sadly passed away in April 2023 at the age of 11, had been a cherished member of the Higgins family since arriving as an eight-week-old puppy at the Áras.

Throughout the years, Bród brought joy to the thousands of visitors who had the pleasure of meeting him during their visits to Áras an Uachtaráin. President Higgins expressed his gratitude for the gesture and highlighted the importance of preserving Ireland’s agricultural heritage. He stated that the tree planting “serves as a poignant tribute” to Bród and contributes to the protection of Ireland’s apple tree heritage.

The Lough Key Crab tree is one of the 180 varieties of the National Irish Heritage Apple Tree Collection conserved by the Irish Seed Savers Association. This particular tree was discovered in the estate of Lough Key Forest Park, located in Boyle, Co. Roscommon. It was found within the stump of a birch tree and features deep pink blossoms, dark purple tinged foliage, and deep crimson crab apples. The tree blooms early in the season and its fruits can be harvested in mid-September, according to the association.

The Irish Seed Savers Association, established in 1991, is an environmental organization and social enterprise. Over the past 15 years, it has been involved in various projects, conducting research on apples, plums, grains, and vegetables. The association is committed to safeguarding food crop biodiversity for both present and future generations. Additionally, it focuses on educating the public about the sustainable and ethical use of these resources.

The planting of the Lough Key Crab tree at Áras an Uachtaráin not only serves as a tribute to Bród but also symbolizes the importance of preserving Ireland’s agricultural heritage. It is a testament to the dedication of the Irish Seed Savers Association in their efforts to conserve and protect the country’s apple tree varieties. The gesture highlights the significance of biodiversity and sustainable practices in ensuring the future of Ireland’s food crops.

President Higgins and Sabina Higgins were deeply moved by the gift and expressed their gratitude to the Irish Seed Savers Association. The tree will serve as a lasting tribute to their beloved Bród, who brought joy to their lives and to the many visitors of Áras an Uachtaráin. As the Lough Key Crab tree takes root at the official residence, it will stand as a symbol of remembrance and the enduring bond between humans and nature.

The Irish Seed Savers Association’s work in preserving and promoting biodiversity is vital in a world facing numerous environmental challenges. Through their dedication and research, they are contributing to the protection of Ireland’s agricultural heritage and ensuring the availability of diverse and sustainable food crops for generations to come.

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons

Matt Lyons is the founder of Forestry & Carbon. Matt has over 25 years as a forestry consultant and is invoilved in numerous carbon credit offset projects.

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