A MASS tree planting in Bagenalstown recently was described as something to cherish, when 1,000 saplings were planted at the McGrath Park complex. The initiative was organised by students at Presentation de la Salle and Trees Now in collaboration Bagenalstown Improvement Group.
Trees Now is a Kilkenny-based tree-planting initiative with the goal of creating pockets of native woodland around Ireland, beginning with Kilkenny and surrounding counties. A local teenager in Pres de la Salle heard about the plan, which led to the mass tree planting. The student enlisted his schoolmates and a small army of 70 students from PDLS took park during the day.
There were 16 volunteers from the Bagenalstown Improvement Group and scheme workers. Tree surgeon Dan Sullivan instructed the group and Irish oak, Scotch pine, hazel and whitethorn trees were all planted, which will create a woodland and hedgerow at the complex.
Students were out early in the rain to start planting with many staying for the whole day.
“It’s something to cherish,” said Paddy Gardiner of the improvement group. “It’s going to be remarkable for students that in 20 years’ time they could be out walking going for a football or soccer match and say I was part of that project.”
For more information about the Trees Now, project, check out www.trees-now.com.