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Louth County Council and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council have held a joint tree planting ceremony to symbolise their joint approach to tackling climate change.

Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Cathy Mason planting an evergreen Ornamental Pear Tree in Corry Park, Newry along with l-r Jonathan Ellis Grounds Maintenance Manager, Councillor Declan McAteer Joint Chairperson Newry, Mourne, Down and Louth Council Strategic Alliance Committee, Chairperson Cathy Mason, Chairperson County Louth Council Councillor Pio Smith and Elias Mlimbila Park Superintendent.
Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Cathy Mason planting an evergreen Ornamental Pear Tree in Corry Park, Newry along with l-r Jonathan Ellis Grounds Maintenance Manager, Councillor Declan McAteer Joint Chairperson Newry, Mourne, Down and Louth Council Strategic Alliance Committee, Chairperson Cathy Mason, Chairperson County Louth Council Councillor Pio Smith and Elias Mlimbila Park Superintendent.

Both Councils work collaboratively on a range of social, economic and environmental issues for the benefit of their citizens as part of the Strategic Alliance formed in 2011. The Strategic Alliance meets on a regular basis to monitor and discuss a range of development projects and issues affecting both regions, including Climate Adaption policies.

The Councils share information and develop best practice in addressing the threats and opportunities posed by Climate Change. As well as looking at practical projects such as renewable energy, energy storage, electric vehicles, biodiversity and preparedness for flooding, the group will organise events to share best practice and raise awareness as well as look at cross border funding opportunities. 

Chairperson County Louth Council Councillor Pio Smith planting an Oak Tree in Ice House Hill Park Dundalk with l-r Jonathan Ellis Grounds Maintenance Manager, Newry, Elias Mlimbila Park Superintendent, Dundalk, Chairperson Co. Louth Council, Councillor Pio Smith, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Cathy Mason, Councillors Declan McAteer and Councillor Antón Watters Joint Chairperson of Newry, Mourne, Down and Louth Council Strategic Alliance Committee. The Joint Tree Planting was a symbol to the work they are jointly involved in on Climate Change.
Chairperson County Louth Council Councillor Pio Smith planting an Oak Tree in Ice House Hill Park Dundalk with l-r Jonathan Ellis Grounds Maintenance Manager, Newry, Elias Mlimbila Park Superintendent, Dundalk, Chairperson Co. Louth Council, Councillor Pio Smith, Chairperson Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor Cathy Mason, Councillors Declan McAteer and Councillor Antón Watters Joint Chairperson of Newry, Mourne, Down and Louth Council Strategic Alliance Committee. The Joint Tree Planting was a symbol to the work they are jointly involved in on Climate Change.

In recognition of this joint action, both councils met on Thursday 2nd September to plant an Oak Tree in Ice House Hill Park, Dundalk and an Ornamental Pear Tree in Corry Park, Newry, as a symbol of the work they are engaged in around these policies.     

Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Councillor Pio Smith and Newry, Mourne and Down Council Chairperson, Councillor Cathy Mason, who helped plant the trees, welcomed the work done to date by both Councils.

Councillor Smith said, “I am delighted to plant this tree in this beautiful historic park.  I commend this joined-up approach to addressing climate change. Trees provide a multitude of benefits, particularly in relation to improving air quality. They also have a positive impact on those living around them in terms of their mental health and wellbeing.”

Councillor Mason said, “I fully support the tree planting event which is one of a number of joint initiatives between both councils.  Trees not only improve the appearance of an area but also help reduce pollution from passing traffic, mitigate against climate change risks and improve the area for biodiversity.”

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