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Saturday 19 August 2017

Emily displays green skills at Burnaby Park

Pat Killilea, Greystones Mayor George Jones, Kerry Herlihy, Emily Harper, D. Herlihy, Sandra Herlihy and Grainne McLoughlin at the tree-planting ceremony in Burnaby Park.
Pat Killilea, Greystones Mayor George Jones, Kerry Herlihy, Emily Harper, D. Herlihy, Sandra Herlihy and Grainne McLoughlin at the tree-planting ceremony in Burnaby Park.

DESPITE the wet weather a small gathering made their way to Burnaby Park last Thursday morning for a very special tree planting ceremony. At 11.30 a.m. under the shelter of large golf umbrellas the Mayor of Greystones, Councillor George Jones accepted a gilt of trees from nine-year-old Emily Harpur.

Together the two planted one of the trees in pride of place at Burnaby park.

Emily who is a pupil of St. Bridget's National School is a remarkable child who already has perfected her horticultural skills.

At the tender age of just nine, Emily is proving to have the creative gift of green fingers by growing a number of Monterey Pine Tree from seed over the past few years.

The Monterey Pine comes from California.

After distributing some of the young trees to relatives in Ireland and England her proud grandfather and local resident Diarmuid Herlihy offered the remaining trees to the Mayor of Greystones.

On accepting the trees Mayor Jones said, 'I was delighted to accept this very kind gesture and the remaining trees will be planted in Burnaby Park , the new Swimming Pool and Community Site and in Rathdown Park.'

Mayor Jones also praised the work of Emily in bringing these seeds to full grown trees as it gives a great example to all that a young child can show such interest in this very important aspect of nature.

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