Anyone looking for an excuse to make the most of the sunny weather at the weekend had the perfect opportunity thanks to the folks at Tree Services Ireland.
The local tree care company, in conjunction with the Native Woodland Trust, Kilkenny County Council, Keep Kilkenny Beautiful, hosted a community tree planting day in Kilkenny City. More than 60 people turned out during the course of the afternoon, planting over 1,000 trees in total.
Interested local residents and greenfingered have-a-go heroes of all ages planted native trees — Birch, Alder and Oak — in the area at linear park, Riverside Drive, right down beside the river towards Green’s Bridge. There was a little more rock and rubble beneath the soil than some people had expected or remembered; remnants perhaps from housing construction or the flood relief scheme.
Along with people from the neighbourhood, members of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful (KKB) came to help out and each plant a tree. Youngsters also played on the new outdoor gym equipment which has appeared in the park in the past fortnight.
Tree Services Ireland aims to plant two native trees for every one it removes. Dan O’Sullivan of Tree Services Ireland says that community-based tree planting initiatives such as this will promote the natural environment and encourage nesting birds and other wildlife. There is an additional long-term goal of providing a scenic and natural amenity for the people of Kilkenny.
For more information on Tree Services Ireland, see their website www.treeservicesireland.ie.