Wildlife Conservation

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, local Schools and Shankill Tidy Towns undertake a spring ‘Plantathon’ and plant 1,200 in a week!

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Friday, March 11, 2016
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On Thursday 10th March to mark ESB Tree Week (6th-13th March),  volunteers from local schools and Shankill Tidy Towns engaged in a ‘Plantathon’ planted 380 Alder Buckthorns, the host plant for the Brimstone Butterfly in several locations within the Shankill and Ballybrack areas. In addition a further 220 Alder Buckthorns and over 600 native trees were planted on school grounds throughout the county inside the last week.

Co-ordinated with this was The Brimstone Butterfly Project which was launched by Marley Grange Residents Association in partnership the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and is one of four Biodiversity in Action Projects which aim to enhance our natural environment. The Brimstone Butterfly Extension Project is supported by  DLR Parks and Environment Awareness sections with the aim of encouraging the Brimstone Butterfly back to Dublin.

Schools involved in the Plantathon were:

Colaiste Iosagain, Stillorgan
Our Lady of Good Counsel B.N.S, Johnstown
Scoil Mhuire, Rathsallagh, Shankill
St. Augustine’s Special School, Blackrock
Woodbrook College, Woodbrook, Bray

Speaking of the impact of ESB Tree Week, An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Cllr Barry Saul said “It is fantastic to see the level of enthusiasm of pupils of local schools & Shankill Tidy Towns committee in their efforts to increase the number of trees in our local area -all of which greatly helps to enhance the biodiversity of our environment in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.”

Currently in its 32nd year, ESB Tree Week will run from the 6th-13th of March and it aims to encourage Irish people to get outside, to learn about, grow and, most importantly, enjoy trees.  ESB Tree Week is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland with the support of Coillte Ireland, County Councils across the country and is sponsored by ESB.  As part of Tree Week, a video was created titled, ‘Wood for the Trees’. The video is accompanied by a nationwide study which looks at the connection modern children have with trees. The findings from this study produced some startling truths that inspired the video. ‘Wood for the Trees’ looked at the disconnect adults have with trees, a contrast to the wonderment children experience. ‘Wood for the Trees’ is available to view and share at http://welovetrees.ie/

For further information please contact Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council  Environmental Awareness Officer, Dean Eaton deaton@dlrcoco.ie