Limerick Council to undertake major tree planting programme

Mayor Daniel Butler planting an oak tree for National Tree Week in St. Nessan's National School, Mungret, with members of the student council and School Principal, Marie Keogh.

TO MARK National Tree Week, which runs until Saturday, Limerick City and County Council has announced its intention to plant 1,700 trees this year as part of its overall planting programme.

The theme for this year’s  tree planting initiative is ‘More Forests for a Greener Future’ which aims to highlight the many benefits of forests for Ireland’s climate and biodiversity agendas, for green recreation spaces and sustainably grown wood.

Forest and woodland areas around Limerick became increasingly popular due to the restrictions over the past two years and that popularity has remained as people continue to reconnect with nature and look at doing more eco-friendly activities.

300 saplings will be planted in Ted Russell Park, St Mary’s Park, Mungret Park and Newcastle West Demesne. 100 saplings will be planted in Caherdavin Green, Ennis Road, Thomond and Mayorstone.

Other locations selected for planting are Patrickswell (30), Garryowen (20), Ballynanty (20), Ashbrook (20) and Kilmurry Road (10).

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In addition to the planting programme, Limerick City and County Council has 2,000 saplings to be distributed among the public.

A selection of Oak, Beech, Whitethorn, Blackthorn and Alder saplings will be available at the recycling and amenity centres in Mungret, Newcastle West and Kilmallock this week.