Monday 23 April 2018

President marks Tree Week with pupils

President Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina who planted their official trees on the main avenue of Áras an Uachtaráin with the help of Junior Infants children from St. Peter's National School in Phibsboro. Photo: Mark Condren
President Michael D. Higgins and his wife, Sabina who planted their official trees on the main avenue of Áras an Uachtaráin with the help of Junior Infants children from St. Peter's National School in Phibsboro. Photo: Mark Condren
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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President Michael D Higgins continued a 67-year-long tradition by planting a tree at Áras an Uachtaráin as part of ESB Tree Week.

The green-fingered President planted a blue cedar (cedrus atlantica glauca) on the main avenue at his official residence, as children from the junior infants class at St Peter's National School, Phibsboro looked on.

The first official planting goes back to 1853 when Queen Victoria planted a tree in the Phoenix Park on her visit to Ireland.

The country's first President Douglas Hyde planted a Cornish Elm in 1939 and all eight Presidents have continued the custom.

Irish Independent

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