Castleisland and Knocknagoshel Tidy Towns Promoting National Tree Week 2022

Shane McAuliffe is the biodiversity officer and PRO for Tidy Towns groups in Castleisland and Knocknagoshel and he’s encouraging locals to enjoy the trees and the outdoors in their areas during National Tree Week and beyond. ©Photographs: John Reidy

Tidy Towns groups in both Castleisland and Knocknagoshel are encouraging locals to participate in National Tree Week 2022 which started yesterday, Sunday, March 20th.

Running until the coming Saturday, March 26th this year’s theme is ‘More Forests for a Greener Future’ with the aims of highlighting the many benefits of forests for Ireland’s climate and biodiversity agendas, for green recreation spaces and sustainably grown wood.

Planting Native Trees

Both Tidy Town groups have been actively involved in increasing biodiversity by planting native trees in their respective localities.

Knocknagoshel Tidy Towns was awarded a €2,500 grant from the Hen Harrier fund for a biodiversity project and a €900 grant from SSE Renewables.

Approximately 100 native trees have been planted during February and March in areas around the village and in Willie Walsh Park, Knocknagoshel GAA grounds.

River Walk Biodiversity

Castleisland Tidy Towns have a new biodiversity area along the River Walk where native trees will be planted.

Details of events for National Tree Week are available on the Tree Council of Ireland website (below) which also includes some live webinars throughout the week.

Biodiversity Officer and PRO for the Tidy Towns groups, Shane McAuliffe said that there are numerous ways which locals can take part in National Tree Week.

Appreciating Trees

“It could be as simple as appreciating trees by enjoying the outdoors and taking a walk in places like Glanageenty Wood, or perhaps by planting a tree in your garden or on your farm.

“Our local second level schools can also avail of 30 free trees by buying the Irish Independent newspaper today, Monday, March 21st,” said Shane.

The Tree Council of Ireland website can be accessed through the link here on: 

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