Wexford pupils get involved in National Tree Week 2016
Eve O' Hanlon from Barntown National School stood tall as the proud winner of Wexford County Council's National Tree Week competition.
Open to primary school pupils across the county, the contest asked children to describe a planted area of trees in a garden, school or community. Eve won a garden centre voucher for herself and her school as a result of her efforts.
Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Tony Dempsey paid a visit to Barntown National School to present Eve with her prize. He spoke to the pupils about the importance of trees in our environment.
'Trees are an essential part of our environment and by doing something as simple as planting a tree, we can all play a part in helping the environment. I would encourage everyone to plant trees so we can help to tackle climate change and provide cleaner air for all of us,' he said.
The competition was run as part of ESB Tree Week - an annual event organised by the Tree Council of Ireland, supported by Coillte. In celebration of the event, Wexford County Council in conjunction with the Tree Council of Ireland and Coillte also distributed 1,000 native saplings to primary schools across the county. Environment Awareness Officer with Wexford County Council Cliona Connolly explained that the theme of National Tree Week this year is 'Love Trees'.
'You can show your love for trees either by planting them, learning about them or simply getting outside and enjoying them,' she said.
Wexford County Council also supported local communities with the 'Trees for Wexford Scheme' which saw 5,961 trees and hedging distributed to community groups and schools.