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Wicklow families can play their part as Glanbia aim to plant 100,000 native trees

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Glanbia has already planted 83,000 out of 100,000 trees they aim to plant this year.

Glanbia has already planted 83,000 out of 100,000 trees they aim to plant this year.

Glanbia has already planted 83,000 out of 100,000 trees they aim to plant this year.

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GLANBIA Ireland and its family farm suppliers in Wicklow and across the country are working together, as part of Operation Biodiversity, to plant over 100,000 native trees and hedgerows in 2021, twelve months ahead of schedule.

In the 2021 phase of Operation Biodiversity, for every 15 native trees purchased, Glanbia Ireland is giving away a further 10 for free. Also for every two bare root hedgerow bundles purchased, Glanbia Ireland is giving a third bundle away at no additional cost, helping its farmers sow up to 10 metres more of hedges.

In County Wicklow, CountryLife’s centres are in Ashford and Rathdrum. Locals can also order stocks and avail of a huge range of services in the county and general region across Glanbia stores in Ashford, Rathdrum, Inch, Ballycanew and Ballytore.

Glanbia Ireland Chairman John Murphy said they are proud to donate significant volumes of native trees and hedging plants as part of a long-term programme to encourage biodiversity, reduce risks to water quality and enhance carbon stocks.

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This year, Glanbia Ireland will also reward a Living Proof Sustainability Champion with a €5,000 prize fund as part of a competition.

Mr Murphy said: “Since its launch in December 2020, Operation Biodiversity has helped enrich our landscape. Every single native tree and metre of hedgerow planted is making a difference and builds on the great work that farm families are already doing as custodians of the land.

“We committed to planting 100,000 native trees and hedging plants over two years when we launched Operation Biodiversity last December. To date, our farm family suppliers have already planted 83,000 native trees and hedgerows. This shows the appetite for biodiversity and climate action on farms and in the community. This year, Glanbia Ireland is increasing our contribution to Operation Biodiversity, by funding additional native trees and hedging.

“We have also set up the €5,000 competition to showcase and recognise the school, voluntary group or community with what can be considered the best sustainability credentials. We want to help it to deliver on its biodiversity ambition. Schools and communities do invaluable work to protect our environment and we’re anxious to play our part as promised under our ‘Living Proof’ sustainability strategy to support, reward and encourage these efforts.”


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