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Malahide children planted 1,000 trees


Malahide Sea Scouts and students of St. Oliver Plunkett's, St. Andrew's, St. John Paul II and Malahide-Portmarnock Educate schools gathered together recently to plant 1,000 trees under the UN's 'Easie-Treesie' initiative.

Part of the UN sponsored 'Plant-for-the-Planet' programme, the initiative aims to plant one trillion trees globally.

Fingal County Council supplied the recycled Christmas tree mulch, which the children ferried in wheelbarrows to the planted area. The pupils were later joined by Fingal Mayor, Anthony Lavin, who awarded 'Plant-for-the-Planet Climate Ambassador' certificates to all the participants. This followed presentations by the pupils on the importance of tree planting.

Mayor Lavin said: 'It is a pleasure to properly recognize and thank the almost 50 children here today for giving up their Saturday to improve our public park. The native Irish trees chosen here by Fingal County Council will help improve the local amenity, combat global warming and increase biodiversity in the area. We are delighted to be affording these children the chance to be stewards of their own local environment.'

The Mayor was joined by Cllr Joe Newman and local volunteers including the Swords Woodland Association and Malahide Tidy Towns.