2013-02-26 17:57:49 - A community orchard is being developed at Lees Road Sports & Amenity Park in Ennis.
14 apple, plum and pear trees will be planted in a green area adjacent to the facility’s public carpark as part of National Tree Week 2013 next week.
The project is being hosted by Active Ennis Sports and Leisure Facilities, and supported by Wetlands Systems Ltd. and the Irish Seed Savers Association under the Garden of Eden Project.
Active Ennis General Manager, Tim Forde said: “We are delighted to be participating in National Tree Week and believe that this community orchard will complement the existing 30 acres of woodland at Lees Road Sports & Amenity Park. The types of fruit trees being planted are in keeping with the surrounding mature, native trees.”
Mr. Forde noted that the Orchard planting ceremony was also in
keeping with this year’s National Tree Week theme of “A Feast of Trees”, with a particular emphasis on planting trees that provide a food source for humans, birds, bees and other wildlife.
The Mayor of Ennis Councillor Peter Considine will be in attendance at the tree planting ceremony next Wednesday (March 6th) at 12pm.
Meanwhile, community groups interested in availing of saplings and/or standard native trees during the upcoming National Tree Week should contact staff in the Environment Section of Clare County Council on 065-6846331/6846386 by 28th February 2013. The number of trees available to groups will be based on overall demand. Saplings are sponsored by Coillte. Both saplings and standard trees should be collected from the Gardening Section, Cois na hAbhna in Ennis from the 4th - 6th March 2013 between the hours of 9.00am to 1.00pm and 1.45pm to 4.00pm.
Active Ennis Sports and Leisure Facilities include Lees Road Sports and Amenity Park, Ennis Leisure Complex, Tim Smyth Park, Cloughleigh Astroturf, Gleninagh Pitch, Coote Park, and the town’s playgrounds.