National Tree Week 2022 was marked with a tree planting in the Six Acres park in Farronshoneen by the Mayor of Waterford City and County, Cllr. Joe Kelly.
This year the National Tree Week theme was ‘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 for sustainably grown wood.
A number of native species such as Ash, Beech, Rohan, Birch, Oak and Alder were supplied to Waterford City and County Council by the Tree Council of Ireland and these saplings were distributed to schools across County Waterford.
Each year National Tree Week sees events organised across the country celebrating all things trees, from the more hands-on community tree planting experiences to taking some time out to learn more about trees. National Tree Week is an ideal time to learn more about the important role trees play in helping to stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air, storing carbon in the trees and soil, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.
Mayor of Waterford City & County Council Councillor Joe Kelly explained, “I’m delighted to take part in this tree planting. Trees are such an important resource in tackling climate change. National Tree Week is all about communities coming together to celebrate trees and it’s great that people can once again get together to plant trees and celebrate all the many benefits trees that have to offer.”