The Alder


Alder, Alnus glutinosa ‘Laciniata’ (Tree no.169). Main playing fields

Of interest: nice catkins (slim cylindrical drooping flower clusters) appear will appear mid February.  Bark scars formed a few years after a branch was removed are of interest to the team.  We are also drawn to investigating the oblong lenticles (breathing holes).

About this blog

This blog celebrates the stunning selection of Trees in Trinity College Dublin.

It also outlines Trinity Trees, an ambitious ongoing project involving the Trinity College Tree specialist (David Hackett), a scientist (Prof. David Taylor), a microscope expert (Dr. Clodagh Dooley) and an artist (Olivia Hassett) all based in Trinity College Dublin.

The team aim to make visible fascinating microscopic elements of the trees. This will allow for an unique way of engaging with the trees in an urban setting.

In response to the research and microscopic imagery the artist will create of a series of innovative art works, which will be installed in specific trees throughout the campus. This exhibition will launch in September, 2017. To compliment the exhibition the team will also develop a self guided walk with a supporting audio piece detailing information on each tree.

After cross referencing our common interests with the general information on the Trinity Trees shared by David Hackett we have chosen a sample of ten different trees. See About/ the trees for a list of these trees with a brief outline of our reasons for choosing them. This sampling process will help us narrow our search to the final five or six trees that will form the basis for the research and resultant art works.

At this early stage of the project we haven’t a huge amount of information or imagery to share but as we initiate the sampling process in the next few weeks we will post some images of the samples.