At some point in the meeting, one of the speakers explained how EU transparency rules dictated that any substantive order for trees had to be advertised for tender across the whole of Europe. That sounds good, you really don't want all the contracts for fixing the toilets in the Dáil being funnelled to a cousin of the Minister of the Interior who claims to be a plumber. The tax-payer probably isn't going to get best value if you allow that sort of
There was cry of distress from a man in the audience, who turned out later to be Sandro Cafolla, the founder of Nature By Design who sells packets of seeds to help establish wildflower meadows. Cafolla proceeded to eviscerate the EU policy as dangerous nonsense because an order "Please supply N = 100,000; 3 year old; 80-100cm; Ash Fraxinus excelsior; whips" is not the same as
please supply 100,000 pots of pink yoghurt, let alone
please supply 100,000 M3 x 1000mm Threaded Bars (DIN 975).
Because not all ash is the same. An ecotype grown in the North of Italy may thrive there and because of the sunshine and peculiarities of soil be available at rock-bottom prices: far undercutting a tree nursery down the road from the motorway in need of trees. Transplant sun-loving, Italian cultivars to a salt-washed, windswept, acidic bog cutting near Limerick, however, and you'll be at nothing; because the delicate southern petals will waste away and be all dead from the mildew within 18 months.
forbs and herbs a leg up. A few years of that intervention et voilá -meadow!