Students and representatives from local government in Limerick celebrated National Tree Day by planting a tree in the grounds of Scoil Ide National School.
Mayor Cllr Gerry McLoughlin marked the occasion by planting an oak tree on the school grounds.
Mayor McLoughlin said: “I would encourage everyone to be aware of trees in their locality and how important they are in terms of biodiversity”. Mayor McLoughlin, expressed the hope that, “the wider public would also, where possible, participate in tree planting.”
Michael Sheehan of Limerick City Council’s Parks Department thanked the school’s Principal, Mr. Peter Long for providing Scoil Íde for the ceremony: “Planting a native tree such as the oak is important to maintain our native tree stock. Trees absorb pollutants and provide shade and food for birds and insects”.
Principal Peter Long was “delighted” with the participation shown by the children in the event and in the days leading up to it: “The day was a huge success. The children learned about trees and the important role they play in the days leading up to the event.”
The theme of Tree Day 2012 was “If Trees Could Talk”.