'Easy Treesie' for kids as 400 saplings planted

Kids invest in the future of the planet as they help to plant over 400 saplings in Listowel

Mayor of Listowel Mike Kennelly with Coláiste Na Ríochta students Mikey Lane,
Darren Mulvihill and Darragh McAvoy
Mayor of Listowel Mike Kennelly with Coláiste Na Ríochta students Mikey Lane, Darren Mulvihill and Darragh McAvoy

Donal Nolan & Fergus Dennehy

There was a buzz of activity in the Listowel Town Park last Friday morning as pupils from different Listowel schools enjoyed a real life lesson in the prevention of climate change as they planted over 400 trees in the park.

The morning was part of a wider initiative by 'Crann', the national organisation designed to raise awareness of the environmental importance of trees, hedgerows and woodland. The project, which is called 'Easy Treesie' is Crann's ambitious project to plant one million trees in Ireland by 2023.

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The aim of the day was to help extend the existing woodland which anchors the soil along the riverbank which provides welcome wildlife habitats. It is hoped that these trees will further help to prevent erosion and mitigate flooding in the area as well as providing some vital shelter for some of the wildlife that lives in the area - including fish, who require the shade of the trees to spawn. 

Mayor of Listowel Mike Kennelly said he was delighted with the new greening of town thanks to the efforts of the local students. Some of the different trees planted on Friday included oak, birch, alder and holly. All 400 saplings last week were provided by the Kerry County Council.

"Many of us are oblivious, I suppose, to the likely effects of something no longer being simply called 'climate change' but 'climate catastrophe'. It's that serious now, but thankfully the younger generations are really engaging with it as seen in town on Friday through the planting," he said.

"It is our children and their children who will have to live with the effects of what is happening now, but at least we're taking steps in the right direction in Listowel with the planting of 420 saplings the last day," he finished.

Kerryman

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