11 March, 2018
Independent TD Mattie McGrath and Local County Councillor Martin Lonergan have, in a tree planting ceremony, recognised National Tree Week which ran from 4th to the 11th March, 2018.
Commenting on the occasion Deputy McGrath said, “The aim of National Tree Week each year is to raise awareness about trees and encourage local communities and local authorities to participate in events which will take place around the country during the week. Events were organised all over the country which included forest walks, tree planting ceremonies, workshops, talks and competitions.
This year, as with previous years, trees sponsored by Coillte were distributed to local community groups by Tipperary County Council. It is important to note that despite the great advances in the past 100 years, Ireland remains one of the least wooded countries in Europe with only 10% of our land planted with trees compared to the European average of 40%. approx. This initiative each year will contribute to sustaining thousands of jobs in our forestry industry and help improve our environment.
The forest industry is worth €1.65 billion annually and it is estimated that more than 10,000 people are employed in the industry mainly in rural Ireland. More than 17,000 farmers own and manage farm woodlands. In light of these statistics it is vital that we continue to mark National Tree Week!” concluded Deputy McGrath.
Mattie McGrath, TD