On Thursday 7th March @11.30am the ‘One Tree Per Child Ireland 2019’ event will take place at the Active Kilrush Sports Complex.
As part of National Tree Week new pupils from the two local Primary Schools, St. Senan’s NS and Gaelsoil Ui Choimin, will help plant their own dedicated tree. National Tree Council Vice-President and renowned envionmentalist Eanna Ni Lamhna will be overseeing the planting ceremony.
In 2017 Kilrush became Ireland’s first participant in ‘One Tree Per Child’ movement which extends across nine nations worldwide. Kilrush Tidy Towns, in partnership with the local schools and Clare County Council, have embarked on an initiative to ensure every child will plant a tree of their own. Every year, during National Tree Week, new pupils get to plant their tree alongside those planted in previous years. The trees are planted in an area designated for each class so that connection between childhood friendships can forever be maintained.
Clare County Council recognise the value of this project and this year as well as providing an area of land for planting, at the Active Kilrush Sports Complex, this year they have also donated the native Irish trees.
‘One Tree Per Child’ was started in Australia in 2013 by environmentalists Olivia Newton-John and Jon Dee. Jon and Olivia were the founders of Australia’s highly successful ‘National Tree Day’. This success led to them establishing the international ‘One Tree Per Child’ project. In February 2015, Bristol, who were the European Green Capital that year, became the first UK city to participate in the ‘One Tree Per Child’ project. Since then, One Tree Per Child projects have been planting trees in the UK, Australia, Kenya, Ghana, Mali, South Sudan, the Netherlands, Germany, U.S.A and Ireland. To date, nearly 250,000 trees have been planted around the world.