Green future for Ros Cré with 3,000 new trees

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Green future for Ros Cré with 3,000 new trees thumbnailA happy group at the Famine Memorial to celebrate the beginning of the 2018 plantings. MT08603JOC

AN ANCIENT Chinese proverb says: "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago - the second best time is now."

Last week over 3,000 new trees have begun sinking new roots into Roscrea soil - trees that will benefit the people of the town long after 20 years into the future have passed and trees that will flourish in a new town.

An inspiring project, spearheaded by the Roscrea Tidy Towns organisation and Roscrea People foundation, has brought 3,000 healthy young saplings to Roscrea which are free for people to collect and plant at home or in their neighbourhood.

Roscrea, a town named after the wood of Cré where St Cronan built his monastery in the sixth century, will be returned to its heritage as a place filled with trees thanks to the project aimed at recreating a modern-world version of the wood of Cré.

Last Saturday week, the event saw children from five housing estates across the town plant their first tree, an event George Cunningham from the Roscrea People hopes "they will never forget."

"Saturday morning didn't shake the earth in Roscrea, but in five housing estates around the town some children will never forget the time when they planted their first tree," Mr Cunningham said.

Tidy Towns with Crann and Roscrea People with the aid of locals planted some token trees in each estate to commence the big project of planting 3,000 trees sourced and partly sponsored by Trees on the Land.

In the coming days and weeks Tús and Community Scheme workers will plant these trees in these estates and all over the town and in surrounding areas.

"The trees are all native species and are up to three feet tall," Mr Cunningham explained, adding that all local people can avail of the opportunity to plant them in their own gardens or in tubs.

"One local man who has created his own woodland on the edge of town was delighted to avail of the opportunity and took fifty birch and fifty rowan (mountain ash ) for immediate planting," Mr Cunningham said.

Anyone who would like to take some tress for their own property or for planting in their home area should contact Dick Conroy, Roscrea Tidy Towns Secretary, on Carrig Hill and details are available from any Tidy Towns member.

"As far as possible we want the young people of Roscrea to be involved in the planting andhopefully they will take care of their trees long into the future," Mr Cunningham said.


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