The tree of life: 40 apple trees planted in Moyross

PROTECTING bio diversity by planting thousands of trees across Limerick city and county is now underway.

Forty apple trees were planted in the grounds of the Moyross Community Enterprise Centre last week, in a joint venture between the Moyross Community Enterprise Centre, Moyross Residents Forum and Moyross Moy Garden Group.

This bio diversity project is funded by Limerick Regeneration, and all the trees have been adopted by residents and community groups, including Moyross United, the Corpus Christi Primary School, and the Bereavement Group.

Tracy McElligott, development worker with the Moyross Residents Forum, said this is a very unique community project where the name of each group, location and number of each tree will be recorded.

The Tree Council is asking people “to celebrate trees in their lives”. An oak tree planting ceremony will take place at Killeline Heights housing estate, Newcastle West next week.

Each year the horticulture section of Limerick County Council arranges for the Cathaoirleach to plant an oak tree at a location chosen by him and this year Killeline was chosen.

In addition, the horticulture section will distribute approximately 2,000 free trees to the general public at the recycling centres in Mungret, Kilmallock and Newcastle West.

National Tree Week runs from March 3-9, and people are being asked to recognise and celebrate the role of trees in providing food for humans, birds, bees and other wildlife. The range of foods from trees - fruit, nuts, seeds, oils, leaves, roots and bark - will be highlighted along with the relationship between trees, bees, pollination, and food crop production.