Thursday, December 01, 2022

The Ballina Community Clean-Up Group has made a start on its ambitious plans to plant over 10,000 trees in the Ballina area over the course of the next 12 months.

Ballina Community Clean Up tree planting in Mount Falcon Estate with David O’Malley, Donal Tuohy (Homeland), Dermot Rice, Martin Devaney and Alan Maloney (Mount Falcon Estate). Picture: John O’Grady.

To mark the celebration of Ballina’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the hardworking Clean-Up Group has joined forces with the Ballina 2023 committee and intends to plant one tree for each person living in Ballina by the end of next year.

The first big tree plant of the project took place on Saturday morning last in the grounds of the Mount Falcon Estate. A large group of volunteers gathered to prepare the ground to plant 300 trees.

Ballina Community Clean-up Group organised a tree planting ceremony in Mount Falcon Estate last Saturday as part of the upcoming Ballina 2023 initiative, from left: Damien Barrett, Arlene Walsh and Martin Devaney. Picture: John O’Grady

The group is hoping the ambitious project will leave a positive, healthy legacy for the town long into the future.

Some 10,171 trees will be planted between now and the end of 2023, although this figure is subject to change based on the results of the 2022 Census.

In planting the trees, the group is aiming to improve the quality of Ballina’s air, especially in the town centre, help to address the climate emergency, develop vibrant biodiversity corridors in the town centre and contribute to Ballina’s aim to become Ireland’s Greenest Town by 2025.

For those wishing to get involved in the initiative by contributing towards the purchase of trees or by providing a site for the planting of trees, more information is available on the Ballina Community Clean-Up Facebook page.

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