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Thursday, 14th October 2021

Louth County Council plants trees to mark National Tree Day

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Students and Staff from St. Patrick’s School joined Councillor James Byrne – Mayor of Drogheda, Willie Walsh Senior Executive Officer and Elias Mlimbila Parks Department, to plant a tree on the green area at Bóthar Brugha, Drogheda on National Tree Day.

Louth County Council marked National Tree Day on Thursday last by planting trees in Drogheda, Ardee and Dundalk. The theme for this year's National Tree Day was ‘Trees are Good Neighbours’. 

Trees are possibly the best neighbours you can have and are so vital to our environment and our planet.

As trees grow, they help stop climate change by removing carbon dioxide from the air and locking carbon on their surface area and in their roots, and releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. Around 28% of the Earth's oxygen is supplied by trees.

One acre of trees removes up to 2.6 tons of carbon dioxide each year. It is estimated that two mature trees produces enough oxygen for a family of four.

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Besides reducing our carbon footprint, trees also help fight against flooding, they stabilise soil and counteract soil erosion, reduce storm water runoff by capturing and storing rainfall in the canopy and releasing water into the atmosphere. Tree roots and leaf litter create soil conditions that promote the infiltration of rainwater into soil and help prevent and reduce surface water runoff.

Trees are not just good neighbours to us humans, they also provide shelter and food for birds, insects and animals, and are an important source of food for pollinators such as bees and others. Trees and green spaces offer multiple health benefits and promote positive mental wellbeing for all.

The Cathaoirleach of each of the Municipal and Borough District Councils, Councillor Jim Tenanty in Ardee, Councillor Maria Doyle in Dundalk and Councillor James Byrne in Drogheda, each planted a young tree to symbolise the commitment of Louth County Council to increase tree numbers throughout the county and conserve existing trees.

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