Saturday 19 October 2019

Shankill community gets planting to celebrate National Tree Week

Mary Fogarty

National Tree Week was marked in Shankill with a tree planting at Stonebridge Park, attended by Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor.

The tree planting ceremony took place last Thursday afternoon and was organised by Shankill Tidy Towns, Crann, and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Council.

Pupils from St Anne's National School, Scoil Mhuire, and Rathmichael National School attended, as well as representatives of Shankill GAA, the local churches, and elected representatives.

Despite grim, wet weather, everyone enjoyed the ceremony, which was addressed by Shankill Tidy Towns chairman Eoin McBennett.

The trees were donated by Crann 'Trees For Ireland', which is a membership based organisation set up to raise awareness of the environmental importance of trees, hedgerows and woodland.

The planting of trees is not an uncommon sight in Shankill, where Tidy Towns spearheaded the 'Trees for All' initiative some years ago, planting one for each person in the area.

That was a target of 13,242, which they exceeded, again in partnership with Crann and DLR council.

The trees will help to offset carbon emissions and contribute positively to Ireland's greenhouse gas abatement strategy.

The trees will also help contribute to the conservation and enhancement of biodiversity in Shankill.

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