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Published on : Monday, February 18, 2013
The week-long festival, which is being co-ordinated nationally by the Tree Council of Ireland, is aimed at encouraging members of the public to plant more trees. This year’s theme is “A Feast of Trees” with a particular emphasis on planting trees that provide a food source for humans, birds, bees and other wildlife.
Clare Local Authorities will host two events during National Tree Week this year, namely
the official launch of National Tree Week in Westbury in south-east Clare and the other at Lees Road Sports & Amenity Park in Ennis. Saplings and standard native trees are also being made available to local community groups. Meanwhile, the Woodland League & Centre for Environmental Living and Training in east Clare will hold a Woodland Walk & Talk on Sunday 3rd March at 2pm in Tuamgraney Community Wood and Raheen Ancient Oak Wood.
“While the Tree Council promotes awareness of trees all year round, National Tree Week gives us the opportunity to highlight a range of wonderful public woodlands and recreational facilities such as Lees Road Sports and Amenity Complex, Cratloe Woods, Dromore Woods Nature Reserve and Killaloe Woods,” explained Mayor of Clare, Cllr Pat Daly.
The Mayor added: “I am urging community groups across Clare to plant trees in public areas during National Tree Week as they enhance and enrich our communities. Saplings and standard trees are available to community groups, who should contact staff in the Environment Section by 28th February to express their interest”.
According to Joan Tarmey, Environmental Awareness Officer, Clare County Council,
commented “By developing an interest in our local environment, we develop a sense of respect and responsibility. Research has shown that heightening our environmental awareness leads to reduced levels of litter/illegal dumping and ultimately a better place to live. I am urging people to participate in National Tree Week by attending an event near you, arranging a litter-pick in your local woodland, planting your own tree in your garden or by just going for a woodland walk”.
Commenting on this year’s theme of “A Feast of Trees”, Ms. Tarmey said: “Trees have a strong role in providing food for humans, birds, bees and other wildlife. The range of foods from trees – fruit, nuts, seeds, oils, leaves, roots and bark will be highlighted along with the relationship between trees, bees, pollination and food crop production.”
Mayor of Ennis Councillor Peter Considine commented “I am delighted that Clare Local
Authorities is hosting a tree planting event at Lees Road Sports & Amenity Park. Pre-school children will participate in fun activities in the woodlands surrounding Lees Road Facility. I would urge the people of Ennis to get out for a walk in the woods or plant a fruit tree during Tree Week.”
National Tree Week officially gets underway with a Tree Plantathon in Westbury Sunday, 3rd March at 12 noon. Local children and residents are encouraged to come along to help out. A second event will take place at Lees Road Sports & Amenity Park on Wednesday, 6th March where the Mayor of Ennis will help to plant a number of fruit trees as part of the Ennis Community Orchard project. As part of this event, a series of fun activities in the local woods will help to develop the children’s respect and love for the environment.