Over 8,000 trees have been planted in Kilkenny as part of a cross-border initiative to establish native saplings in all 32 counties of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Landowners and stakeholders from community and voluntary groups are encouraged to get involved in the Trees On the Land project.
Pat Boyd of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful said the initiative has been a resounding success locally and urged people to consider getting involved.
“Last year we exceeded the planting of over 8,000 trees in 10 different locations, including 2,400 saplings within the O’Loughlins GAA Club perimeter,” he said.
“Another 2,500 trees were planted on SOS land on Callan Road where we created a linear wooded area.
“We have also planted a new orchard at St Kieran’s College and hundreds more trees have been planted in various housing estates around the city,” he continued. “We are currently looking for expressions of interest for anyone interested in planting hedges or linear woodlands to get in touch with us.”
As part of the annual tree planting event, trees are distributed and planted between December and March each year.
The initiative offers simple schemes for landowners to access quality native tree mixes in every season. The initiative is aimed at farmers, smallholders, community groups, councils, schools, colleges, sports clubs and many other landowners to coordinate sites to host the trees.
The vision of the Trees On Our Land initiative is to establish tree cover and woodlands in rural and urban areas that will grow for many years and provide valuable resources, beneficial ecosystem services and a lasting legacy for future generations. .
Anyone wishing to get involved can email [email protected]
To learn more about the initiative, visit treesonourland.com
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