12,000 free trees
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