The Digital Hub hosts urban tree nursery first in Pocket Forest partnership

The Digital Hub, in partnership with Pocket Forests, has installed the Pocket Forests Tree Hub in their Dublin 8 campus. The Tree Hub is Ireland’s first native tree nursery in a city centre location. The nursery, which will see the planting of native Irish trees such as birch, rowan and alder, will serve as a distribution point for the planting of further trees around the Dublin 8 and greater Dublin area. Over 600 trees will be planted in the coming months.

  • Pocket Forests Tree Hub partnership is first city location for growing native Irish trees
  • Nursery will serve as distribution point for further planting around Dublin 8 and beyond
  • Workshops and coffee mornings for local community groups

Establishing the Tree Hub nursery for these native trees in an urban setting is the first initiative of its kind in Ireland and will improve the natural environment of Dublin 8. Several parts of the area have been found to have low or below average tree density according to Mapping Green Dublin, an initiative between University College Dublin and Dublin 8 community groups.

The importance of access to nature and green spaces has been further highlighted as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with recent research from the Environmental Protection Agency in February this year showing that 84% of people said they felt access to nature was important for their physical and mental health.

Pocket Forests was set up in 2020 by event manager Ashe Conrad-Jones and journalist and author Catherine Cleary with the goal of improving biodiversity in urban areas. The idea is adapted from the Tiny Forest concept. Pocket Forests use permaculture methods to regenerate depleted soil and plant a diverse range of native trees and shrubs to recreate a forest in pockets of land as small as six square metres.

In addition to the native tree nursery Pocket Forests have also installed Dublin 8’s first pocket forest in The Digital Hub campus. This forest, located in a reconditioned skip, donated to Pocket Forests by Thorntons Recycling, will promote biodiversity and pollination, and includes native plants such as birch, rowan, spindle and guelder rose.

Fiach Mac Conghail, CEO at The Digital Hub, said:

The Digital Hub has long had a commitment to enhancing Dublin 8 as a place to live and work. Biodiversity, green spaces and nature are important factors for health and wellbeing, and the installation of this nursery will have a lasting, positive impact on this community for many years to come. I would like to thank Catherine and Ashe for partnering with The Digital Hub on this project and encouraging us all to commit to a more sustainable living and working environment.

Ashe Conrad-Jones, co-founder of Pocket Forests, said:

Dublin 8 is an area which suffers from a low density of trees, and the ability to experience nature and green space for our health and wellbeing has come to the fore throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The Digital Hub is an ideal location for Ireland’s first native tree nursery in an urban setting, and it will serve as a springboard to encourage pockets of native forest creation in areas around Dublin 8 and beyond. We are looking forward to the work and learning we can do with local groups and schools in our efforts to green more areas of Dublin.

Pocket Forest will run a series of six half-day workshops at The Digital Hub to educate people on the benefits of biodiversity, pollination, compost, soil health and the importance of healthy forest ecosystems in urban areas. There will also be monthly, informal community coffee mornings. For more information, look out for Pocket Forests and The Digital Hub on social media.

This partnership is the latest in The Digital Hub’s efforts to foster sustainable activities in Dublin 8. The campus is host to six beehives in partnership with the Robert Emmet Community Development Project’s Inner-City Bee Keeping Project. The Digital Hub also operates solar PV panels on a campus building to provide clean renewable energy to the campus, and is a lead partner on Smart D8, an initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of citizens through collaboration and innovation.


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About The Digital Hub

Based in the historic Liberties area of Dublin city centre, The Digital Hub is an enterprise cluster for growing technology companies. Thirty established businesses operate in The Digital Hub. Together these businesses employ approximately 270 people.

The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital media, technology and internet businesses in Ireland, providing a space for indigenous enterprises such as Bizimply, Neuromod, Good Travel Software and Akara Robotics to scale and grow. Major global companies like Black Shamrock and Lonely Planet are also based in The Digital Hub along with industry organisations like Tyndall National Institute.

Since the project’s inception, over 400 companies have progressed through the enterprise cluster at The Digital Hub, generating thousands of skilled jobs. Some well-established alumni include Amazon, Athena Media, Boomerang Pharmaceutical Communications, Distilled Media Group (, eMaint, Etsy, Havok, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Riverdeep), Kavaleer, Lincor, MTT, patientMpower, Slack, Software AG, Silicon Republic, Square1, Stripe, TIBCO, VSware and Wachsman.

The Digital Hub is a supportive partner of the local community, by running several learning initiatives for people of all ages. Community learning programmes are run with local partners. For example, the Future Creators Cadets is delivered by H2 Learning and supported by National College of Art and Design (NCAD). The Liber8 Music Project is run with BIMM Institute Dublin to give young people who may have limited exposure to music and digital media, an opportunity to immerse themselves in a creative programme, whilst also developing skills to support their future careers.

The Digital Hub Development Agency is the Irish state agency that manages The Digital Hub. The Agency was established by the Irish Government under the Department of Communications, Climate Change and Environment.

In March 2021, the Government decided to dissolve the Digital Hub Development Agency and close The Digital Hub. The Agency will now embark upon an orderly winddown process which will see the transfer of lands to the Land Development Agency. All operations at The Digital Hub, including various community initiatives and partnerships and our support for our companies, will continue as normal up until the closure date. This closure date is yet to be finalised is expected to be in 2022.

Further information is available at: or on Twitter: @TheDigitalHub.

About Pocket Forests

Pocket Forests is a social enterprise aiming to reconnect people with nature by planting native trees and shrubs in small urban spaces. They collaborate with communities to design the area, regenerate the soil and plant small native forests which become sources of education, wellbeing and biodiversity. They work with recycled waste materials and bring a new community-focused approach to urban planting which is inclusive and inspiring. Planting young trees produces smart compact forests which enables the people who plant them to see results quickly and creates healthy outdoor spaces on the doorsteps of people who need them most.