The Afforestation Project

December 17, 2018

In your own words, tell us about your project.
The Afforestation Project is a highly ambitious long-term project, aimed at mitigating climate change via carbon sequestration by the planting of trees on a large-scale.

Our first target is to plant 14,000,000 trees in Ireland. In order to achieve this we have created an online tree plantation platform called the 'Forest Network'. The network is composed of smaller plantation day organisational cells, individually called 'Forest HUB'. We manage our own plantations through the Forest HUB and we license this technology to other Irish forestry organisations that have the same objectives in mind, for free!

We are currently working with Easy-Treesy, a forestry organisation that we collaborated on a plantation with in December 2018. We are developing a partnership with DLR County Council for the last two years. They offered to give us land for our first large-scale tree plantation. Our operational model revolves around working closely with council employees via our dedicated plantation coordinator team. Each plantation will have it's own coordinator team to manage it. We will be working closely with community groups from Irish society which include: college societies, company workforce, schools etc. to give them the opportunity to come and plant on our plantations on a regular basis.

We are planning to launch our Forest Network to the public by the end of 2018. We aim to plant again with Easy-Treesy in January and hopefully start on our own plantation during the remainder of this planting season.

Why did you do this work?
We are doing this work because we believe that humans are capable of solving every problem, no matter how impossible it may seem before work on it begins.

We deeply care about the future of the human species which is why there is no more important cause that we could devote ourselves to.

What was the impact or outcome of your project?
Our project is still in early stages, but we have already contributed to Irish forestry in Ireland with the planting of trees in Malahide with Easy-Treesy.

When the project is over in Ireland we will significantly reduce the carbon dioxide output of the Republic of Ireland, helping the country reach it's environmental EU goals.

Most importantly, we will show how a group of regular people, without millions in funding can have a significant impact on a problem that to most appears as insolvable.
Do you have any tips or advice for similar projects?
Yes, especially when it comes to planting trees in Ireland, the most reliable way to obtain access to land and tree whips is via county councils. County councils act quite slowly and require a lot of patience and persistence, so it is important not to give up chasing after them as they are completely on board with projects such as this, just that they are very busy on a day-to-day basis.

If there is any other afforestation project ongoing in Ireland, we would love to license to you to the Forest Network, helping to make the operation run more smoothly.
Which Sustainable Development Goals does your work link to?
Goal 13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Location of Project
Contact Person
Filip Jastrzebski
Email Address
Contact Number
089 4488901