The Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Cllr Jerome Scanlan has planted an Oak Tree at Killeline Heights, Newcastle West to mark the beginning of National Tree Week in County Limerick.
The week-long festival, which is being co-ordinated nationally by the Tree Council of Ireland, is aimed at encouraging members of the public to plant more trees.
This year’s theme is “A Feast of Trees” with a particular emphasis on planting trees that provide a food source for humans, birds, bees and other wildlife.
Events marking National Tree Week 2013 will take place countrywide until Sunday, March 10.
Limerick County Council is making saplings and standard native trees available to local community groups at Kilmallock Amenity Centre on until 5pm today and at Newcastle West and Mungret Amenity Centres between from 12pm to 5pm tomorrow.
“While the Tree Council promotes awareness of trees all year round, National Tree Week gives us the opportunity to highlight a range of wonderful public woodlands and recreational facilities such as Castletroy Park,” explained Cllr. Jerome Scanlan
The Cathaoirleach added: “I would urge the public to participate in National Tree Week by arranging a litter-pick in their local woodland or by just going for a woodland walk. Community groups across Limerick can also play their part by planting trees in public areas as they enhance and enrich our communities. From the moment they are planted, trees grow in importance, visibility and value as the years pass.”
For further information on National Tree Week, visit treecouncil.ie.