Dublin branches out to celebrate National Tree Week 2011

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Lord Mayor Gerry Breen will launch Dublin’s National Tree Week events at Tolka Valley Park, Finglas, on Monday, 7th March at 11.30am.

National Tree Week takes place from 6th – 12th March this year. It’s an annual, week-long festival and this year’s theme is: ‘The Year of the Forest – Celebrating Forests for People’.  More than 20,000 trees will be planted during the week-long programme of events around Ireland.

The Lord Mayor will join local children from St. Finian’s National School in Finglas, Mary Keenan, Executive Director of the Tree Council of Ireland and Laura Turkington Head of Corporate Responsibility with Vodafone Ireland to plant native tree saplings at Tolka Valley Park.

The planting is part of the redevelopment of Tolka Valley Park, a former landfill site. In total, 6,000 native trees will be planted in Tolka Valley Park and environs. Vodafone will reimburse Dublin City Council for 2,500 of these trees as part of its ‘Green Agenda’, which sees Vodafone plant a tree for every 72 customers who switch to paperless billing.

National Tree Week is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland and is sponsored this year by Vodafone Ireland and Coillte.

Lord Mayor Breen says

“The trees that we are planting today will be a benefit to people in Finglas for generations to come. They will be a great addition to Tolka Valley Park and will give everyone who uses this beautiful park an appreciation of nature and the environment”.


Laura Turkington, Head of Corporate Responsibility with Vodafone Ireland:

“We are delighted to be part of this tree planting initiative as part of our sponsorship of National Tree Week. We recently launched a new paperless billing campaign which encourages our customers to switch to paperless billing and save trees. For every 72 customers who make the switch, we not only save a tree, but we pledge to plant one too. We have committed to plant a forest in each of the four provinces of Ireland.”








For more information

For further information please contact:

Dublin City Council Press Office: (01) 2222170/087 7400277

For information on National Tree Week Events see www.treecouncil.ie



Notes to the Editor.


The plantings on Monday 7th March, take place at two locations:


  • With Vodafone Ireland at the main entrance to Tolka Valley Park


  • With St. Finian’s National School at  the entrance to Tolka Valley Park at junction of Cardiffsbridge Road and Tolka Valley Road


Other Tree Planting Events and Guided Tree Walks


The following events are organized by Dublin City Council Parks and Landscape Services as part of National Tree Week. Contact Dublin City Council Press Office for further details


Mercy Convent , Inchicore – Tree Planting                                 

7th March, at 10am


Our Lady of Lourdes School, Goldenbridge – Tree Planting     

7th March, at 1pm


Mary Queen of Angels NS, Ballyfermot, - Tree Planting             

8th March at 10am  - 2nd class students


St. Louise JNS, Ballyfermot – Tree Planting                                

8th March at 1pm


Kylemore College, Ballyfermot – Tree Planting                            

9th March at 10am


Drimnagh Castle School – Tree Planting                                       

9th March at 1.30pm


Mary Queen of Angels NS, Ballyfermot, - Tree Planting              

10th March at 10am  - 1st  class students


Saint Dominic’s School, Ballyfermot – Tree Planting                   

10th March, 1pm


Our Lady of the Wayside, Bluebell – Tree Planting                     

11th March, 10am


Poppintree Park Tree Trail Walk

7th 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th March from 11- 11.30am                                


Poppintree Park Planting Event

With local schools by appointment                                                 


Bushy Park - Walk in the Woods with Local Schools

7th 8th, 9th, 11th March from 10 – 11.30am                                      


Harolds Cross Park – Tree Walk with Local Schools

10th March                                                                                       


Willie Pearse Park –Tree Planting with Local Schools             

10th March


Mountjoy Square Park – Tree Planting with Local Schools       

11th March at 10am


Eamonn Ceannt Park–Guided Walk with Local Schools          

7th and 8th March at 11am


Father Collins Park – Tree Planting with Local Schools           

9th March