The Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. Mary Roche, and the De La Salle Scouts and Band took part in a tree planting ceremony at The People’s Park on Saturday 12th March. This ceremony recognised that trees are an essential part of our environment and by doing something as simple as planting a tree everyone can play their part in helping the environment. A Fennessy’s Oak was planted at this ceremony to mark National Tree Week. This tree species is very rare and has a long association with Waterford. The tree first originated in Fennessy’s Nursery, in the townland of Grange, back in the 1820’s. One of the original specimens from this period is alive and healthy taking pride of place at the main entrance to the park. By planting this tree we will add significantly to the biodiversity and visual amenity of the park ensuring it will continue to be a great asset for future generations.
Speaking at this tree planting, Mayor Cllr. Mary Roche recognised the importance of planting trees: “National Tree Week is an ideal opportunity not just for local authorities but for groups like Scouts, schools and families all over Ireland to do something positive for their local landscape. By planting this tree for National Tree Week here in our community we can inspire people, young and old, to get out into the fresh air and plant trees together. It is great fun too – the thrill of going out and getting our hands dirty, something many of us don’t do very often, is really rewarding and satisfying whether you are planting one tree or a hundred.”