Balbriggan Tidy Towns and Balbriggan Community College Tree Planting

December 14, 2012 0

The Balbriggan Tidy Towns team were joined by students from the Balbriggna Community College to plant trees around the Garda station on Thursday the 13th of December. In addition the students planted 500 daffodil bulbs at the roundabout between Ashfield estate and the Harry Reynolds Road junction. Although a cold day the students were very enthusiastic and listened carefully to Terry O’Reilly, the lead Tidy Towns volunteer who demonstrated how to plant the trees successfully.

Balbriggan_tiidy_towns_and_balbriggan_community_college_planting_13dec12_3In all 35 Prunus Amanogawa (Ornamental Cherry) trees were planted at each pillar of the Garda station wall. The trees will flower next spring with delicate pink flower. As well as being visually attractive the trees will provide an excellent habitat for native birds and insects and the students who planted trees commented that ‘they will enjoy showing the trees to their families for many years to come’.

The planting team were joined by teachers from the school and Tidy Towns volunteers Terry O’Reilly, Diarmuid Fenton, Teresa Fitzpatrick, Trevor Sargent, Alex McCullagh and Zoe Nelson. This event is part of a Tidy Towns initiative to work with local second level schools to give the students an appreciation of stewardship and volunteering in conjunction with their Community Social and Political (CSPE) studies.

Ardgillan College are also involved in the project and were very active on Saturday the 24th of November when they plant daffodil bulbs and shrubs at the St Peters and Pauls Church roundabout. In January both schools will be host to a Tidy Towns volunteer who will go into the class room to give a presentation on the value of protecting our local environment and the exceptional contribution made by the Tidy Towns organisations across the country.

The Balbriggan Tidy Towns team are very excited about the involvement of young people in their activities as they know some of these young people will be the active and enthusiastic volunteers of the future.

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