Mayor Ger Darcy, North Tipperary County Council celebrated National Tree Week at a tree planting ceremony held at Cloughjordan No 1 National School.
Cloughjordan No 1 National School has four Green Flags and is currently working on its fifth for the theme of biodiversity.
National Tree Week is an annual, week-long festival celebrating all positive aspects of trees in our lives and environment.
At the launch, Mayor Ger Darcy outlined the importance of trees in our environment and community and encouraged everyone to plant a tree during National Tree Week.
North Tipperary County Council distributed hundreds of free trees to schools, Tidy Towns and community groups throughout the county. This scheme aims to encourage everyone to plant trees during National Tree Week. By doing something as simple as planting a tree, everyone can play his or her part in making a difference to our efforts to live more sustainably.
By planting a tree you can help to reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions. Trees take in carbon dioxide from the air and convert much of it into wood. They also produce oxygen. Every year, each hectare of Ireland’s forests takes in 3.4 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere, which helps in the battle against climate change.
Trees also play a pivotal role in our local biodiversity, providing habitats for birds, insects and some small mammals.
Ivor Hayes, principal, said: “The pupils and staff are delighted to take part in National Tree Week, celebrating the importance of trees in our lives and to enhance further our school garden and work towards our fifth Green Flag”.