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1,200 saplings planted at Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence
To celebrate the second year of a GAA Native Tree Planting Project and mark National Tree Week 2023, representatives of the GAA and the Tree Council of Ireland gathered at Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence on Saturday, March 25th. 1200 saplings will be planted this week at the centre in Currans, in the heart of the Kingdom.
The project is supported by Coillte www.coillte.ie - who have donated 50,000 saplings to the GAAs Green Club Programme for the second year in a row - and the Depart of Agriculture, Forestry and the Marine, through its Woodlands Support Fund, as well as the Easy Treesie Crann Project www.easytreesie.com.
Coillte and Trees on the Land www.treesontheland.com will deliver the native saplings to the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Clubs in the project across the island. The saplings will be used to create shelter belts, planted along walkways and to generally enhance the natural landscape and biodiversity of sites.
Planting trees is recommended in the guidelines on pollinator-friendly management of sports clubs by the National Biodiversity Datacentre. Biodiversity is one of 5 themes being explored through the Green Club Programme www.gaa.ie/greenclub , which is a partnership between the GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association and local authorities across Ireland. The guidelines are included in a GAA Green Club Toolkit https://learning.gaa.ie/greenclub to support the implementation of sustainability actions across the five areas of Energy, Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Travel & Transport.
The Easy Treesie Project aims to plant one million trees with Irelands one million school children and their communities by 2023 joining the UNESCO-backed Plant-for-the-planetswww.trilliontreecampaign.orgchallenge, reducing global heating by 1 during the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration, 2021-31.
Jimmy DArcy, GAA Sustainability Manager said: "The GAA, and our Green Club Programme, are delighted with the donation of these native saplings to our clubs and units. While reinforcing our responsibility to our environment through the Green Club Programme we will also be exploring how our Clubs function from a sustainability perspective, in terms of energy use, water, waste and transport. This work is directly related to our values of Community Identity, Respect and Teamwork and reflects the best of our manifesto 'Where We All Belong'."