West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Fitzgerald supports One Million Trees Initiative

Published: 11 November, 2015

Fitzgerald supports One Million Trees Initiative Sinn Féin Mid Tyrone Councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald has called for local people and organisations to support to an ambitious tree planting project, which aims to plant 1,000,000 trees through Ireland in the space of 24 hours in the spring of 2016.

The initiative has been developed in collaboration with the Irish Natural Forestry Foundation with support from the Woodland Trust. During a pilot project between 2013 and 2015 400,000 trees were planted by farmers as well as various community, education and sporting organisations. Likewise this once again local organisations and individuals are requested to take part and apply for their free 'Tree Packs' before the close of applications on 25th November.

Calling for a local input and adding her support for the scheme councillor Anne Marie Fitzgerald said:

"I very much welcome this initiative being undertaken by the One Million Trees In One Day Charity. It is a very ambitious plan and one that welcomes mass participation across the island of Ireland in the spring of 2016. It is my understanding that the free 'Tree Packs' will be delivered in February 2016 in preparation for planting, at a date to be fixed later in that month. However it is important that anyone wishing to take part in the scheme apply for their packs in advance of 25th November.

"I know that local groups have been involved in the pilot project which has seen hundreds of Trees planted in the Tyrone area and this has to be welcomed. It is my hope that likewise this initiative is met with the same enthusiasm. It is certainly a big undertaking but with a good buy in from local groups and organisations it is manageable, as the saying goes 'many hands make light work'.

Anyone wishing to obtain a free Tree Pack is asked to register their interest online at www.onemilliontreesinoneday.com in advance of 25th November. Applications of interest will be dealt with on a first come first serve basis.