LEDP to plant a further 7,000 native trees to promote biodiversity

LEDP CEO Niall O’Callaghan, Joe and Margaret Sheehy, and Maurice Stack (SWS Forestry). Photo: Keith Wiseman.

LIMERICK Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) will support the planting of 7,700 native Irish woodland trees in County Limerick this month to celebrate National Tree Week.
The annual event, a week-long programme from March 19 to 26, is running with the theme ‘biodiversity begins with trees’ this year.
LEDP has committed to embracing the UN Sustainable Development Goals as part of its strategic plan and has stated its intention to plant 27,000 trees by 2026. This will offset over 4,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over a 100-year period, whilst also supporting the promotion of biodiversity.
To date, LEDP has initiated the planting of over 17,000 trees including Pedunculate Oak, Scots Pine, and White Thorn.
Niall O’Callaghan, Chief Executive of LEDP said: “At LEDP we want to meet our environmental responsibilities by preserving biodiversity and reducing our carbon footprint.”
“Trees have the biggest role to play in slowing down biodiversity loss as they provide food for the many animal food chains that depend on them, as well as for the decomposers that ultimately break them down. We are delighted to support this initiative which will have a long-lasting positive impact for our community and region.”