12,000 free trees

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

In the lat­est phase of the Car­bery Tree Project, Car­bery Group and SWS Forestry are giv­ing 12,000 na­tive Ir­ish trees to West Cork farm­ers free of charge for plant­ing.

The ini­tia­tive was launched by Car­bery in 2016 for milk sup­pli­ers to the Ban­don, Bar­ry­roe, Dri­nagh and Lisavaird co-ops, as a way of ad­dress­ing cli­mate change at a lo­cal level by off­set­ting car­bon emis­sions. The trees will also pro­vide a habi­tat for wildlife. The lat­est phase will bring the to­tal num­ber of trees dis­trib­uted to over 40,000. Fol­low­ing feed­back from farm­ers, rowan and black­thorn-whitethorn have been added to the oak and birch va­ri­eties avail­able pre­vi­ously. The trees are be­ing dis­trib­uted by SWS Forestry to the four co-ops for col­lec­tion by farm­ers. They are in biodegrad­able bags, with 20 trees per bag: 10 rowan and 10 thorn, or 10 oak and 10 birch. Farm­ers can take up to 40 trees each if they wish to have a full se­lec­tion of each of the four va­ri­eties

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