National Tree Week Celebrated in Castlebar

Posted in Connect on April 3, 2019.

More than 350 trees were planted at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar to mark National Tree Week 2019, which ran from March 31 to April 7.

National Tree Week, which was run by the Tree Council of Ireland in association with Coillte and Forest Industries Ireland, was commemorated in County Mayo on Sunday morning, March 31, when Cllr Michael Kilcoyne, Cathaoirleach of Castlebar Municipal District, and Cllr Blackie Gavin, Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, came together with staff from Mayo County Council, Castlebar Tidy Towns Committee, local boy scouts and representatives from the wider Castlebar Community to plant more than 350 trees on an area of wetland adjacent to Lough Lannagh.

Speaking at the event Peter Gill, Parks Superintendent for Mayo County Council, noted the importance of trees. He said, “without trees we cannot survive, as they give us the air we breathe in effect they are our ‘lungs on earth’.”

He remarked that the tree species planted on the day are species that benefit our pollinating bees which are under threat through loss of habitat with one third of 98 native bee species threatened with extinction noting that action is needed on how we manage our Parks and open Spaces to address this decline.

Also speaking at the event, Cllr Michael Kilcoyne thanked everybody that came out to help on the day and described the event as spectacular, highlighting “the beauty of the location and the amenity value the Lough Lannagh area is to Castlebar. “

Cllr Blackie Gavin recognised the role of Castlebar Tidy Towns and thanked them for their hard work, specifically mentioning Patricia Conway’s contribution.  He also thanked Mayo County Council staff and Castlebar Tidy Towns Committee for the huge effort put in by both organisations.

Alan Mee of Castlebar Tidy Towns Committee welcomed the broad community support given to the event and the great success of the litter pick organised by his committee along the N4 the previous day Saturday, March 30.

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