National Tree Week – saplings available

 ESB Tree Week 2016 kicks off in Co. Monaghan 

 

ESB Tree Week kicks off March 6th, running to March 13th this year to celebrate one of nature’s greatest assets that has an enormous benefit to communities, the environment and the public’s general wellbeing. ESB hopes that people will get involved in events that are taking place in their local area during the week and show their support under the #ESBTreeWeek hashtag.

This ESB Tree Week, running from March 6th – 13th, ESB is trying to reconnect the nation to trees through hundreds of events all over the country.

People are encouraged to visit www.welovetrees.ie to find out about local events happening in their area, and to find ways to get outside to learn about, grow and enjoy trees. The campaign also includes a film called Wood for the Trees which demonstrates how disconnected from nature modern families have become and that children are not spending as much time with trees as their parents did when they were young. The film is available to view at www.welovetrees.ie.

Currently in its 32nd year, ESB Tree Week will run from the 6th-13th of March and ESB is asking Irish people to get outside, to learn about, grow and, most importantly, enjoy trees.  ESB Tree Week is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland with the support of Coillte Ireland and sponsored by ESB. To launch ESB Tree Week, Monaghan County Council will have a number of native species saplings to give out to communities, schools etc. Contact Fionnuala Mulligan on 047 30500 to make arrangements to pick yours up.

Pat O’Doherty of ESB said, “Tree Week is a good fit for ESB because it reflects the spirit of what we stand for in terms of promoting sustainability, respecting nature and supporting communities right across Ireland. We actively promote sustainability across our business and this year, we will plant over 100,000 trees on ESB sites across Ireland. ESB Tree Week provides an opportunity to remind people why trees matter, and together with the Tree Council of Ireland, we are encouraging people to take the time to appreciate them, either by learning about them, planting them or just simply getting out into the fresh air to enjoy them. “

Kevin Hutchinson, President of the Tree Council of Ireland said: “This year’s ESB Tree Week promises to be the biggest one yet with hundreds of events happening around the country to celebrate trees. We hope that people of all ages are able to get out and enjoy their local events. With the support of ESB we have been able to reach out further and deeper into communities to demonstrate the benefits of trees and get more people involved than ever before.”

Gerard Murphy, Managing Director, Coillte Forest said: “Coillte is delighted to be providing the 15,000 native Irish trees which are at the heart of the events taking place around the country between the 6th and 13th March. Coillte has donated approx 450,000 trees since Tree Week began and has been a proud supporter of the event and of the Tree Council of Ireland for 30 years.”

 

tree week poster

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