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Mayor Michael Ruane and Clr Geraldine Donnelly get some practice in for the tree planting day at the Flagstaff.Members of the public will get a chance to plant a tree at the beautiful Flagstaff Viewpoint next Saturday the 23rd of November. To get involved and help make Flagstaff viewpoint woodier. All you have to do is come along between 11am and 3pm on the day.

The Ring of Gullion AONB project have received over 800 trees from the Woodland Trust

The trees, all native broadleaved species, will grow into a flourishing young wood in as little as 10 years. The project applied for 2 tree packs from the Woodland Trust to enhance the Flagstaff area and enrich the local environment while creating new homes for wildlife. 

Therese Hamill, Ring of Gullion Officer explains “I would encourage anyone that enjoys the great outdoors to come along on the 23rd and meet like-minded people. Even if you just have a half an hour/hour to give, that is enough. We can plant a lot of trees in that time. This event will be a partnership between the Ring of Gullion Conservation Volunteers, Action for Biodiversity, Mourne Heritage Trust, Louth County Council and Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism project. We are planning to create a programme of monthly conservation events and more information on this will be provided on the day.” 

“It is also the start of National Tree Week, which is the largest annual tree celebration launching the start of the winter tree planting season. It is the perfect time to inspire more people to plant trees in their local area. Trees make a huge impact on our rural and urban landscapes, and this week will see thousands more planted right across the country.”

Help make your area greener and bringing all the benefits trees have to offer to your surroundings. Trees provide oxygen, lock up harmful carbon, trap pollutants to give us cleaner air and water, and provide a fantastic habitat for wildlife.

John Tucker, Woodland Trust Director of Woodland Creation commented “By teaming up with projects like the Ring of Gullion AONB project, the Woodland Trust is working to double our native woodland cover and enrich our landscape. It’s also great to get the public out planting trees, hopefully providing people with an experience they will remember forever.”

If you would like to plant some trees on Saturday 23rd November, please come prepared. Wear suitable warm clothing and a pair of sturdy boots or wellies. If you would like to get involved, please contact Alison Henderson, Geotourism Education Officer by the 18th November on 028 3025 6653 or info@mournecooleygullion.com. More information is available on the Ring of Gullion Website www.ringofgullion.org or the facebook page. 

The tree packs have been generously funded by lead partners IKEA FAMILY and Biffa Award, also funded by Nicky and players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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