National Tree Week takes place from 21st March to 27th March 2021 this year. Tree Week is an annual, week-long festival celebrating all the positive aspects of trees.
The theme for National Tree week this year is “Healthy Trees Healthy Planet” promoting tree health and the important role trees play in protecting our planet by taking on climate change and providing natural renewable resources. It also references the health benefits, both physical and mental, that trees and forests provide.
Trees make a major contribution to the character, appearance, and well-being of South Dublin County. They provide significant economic, social, environmental, ecological, and aesthetic benefits to our communities and to our urban and residential streets, parks and open spaces.
Due to the Covid restrictions the Council will not be organising tree planting events this year, however the Mayor, Cllr. Ed O’Brien will celebrate National Tree Week by planting a tree in Vesey Park, Lucan, on Monday March 22nd . The chosen tree is a Liquidamber tree which is commonly known as the Sweet Gum Tree and is remarkable for its sweet tasting resinous sap. This is an attractive tree with beautiful fiery autumnal colours of bright red, orange, and yellow.
The Mayor, Cllr Ed O’Brien said “South Dublin County Council places a very important significance on trees. Our parks and local environment are important places of exercise and enjoyment in the current climate. Trees are so valuable in our lives – adding beauty, seasonality and benefitting the environment.” He also stated “the Council have planted over 60,000 trees across the County In the last five years.” This will increase the County’s tree canopy cover and help mitigate the effects of climate change.