Clonakilty urged to plant a forest and take positive action against climate change

Posted on: 8th March, 2016

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

On March 13, as part of National Tree Week, Clonakilty residents will have a chance to take positive action against climate change by getting involved in this year’s planting of trees at the new forest by Gullane Lake. Paul Cullen fills us in.

No one likes hearing doom and gloom; it’s hard to relate to all the talk of rising sea levels, global warming and increased flooding. However, after one of the wettest winters on record, it is not hard to see that climate change is very real and it is affecting all of us. We can feel powerless but that simply is not the case. We are all both part of the problem and of the solution.

One such solution is to plant more trees. Ireland has one of the lowest forest cover rates in the whole of Europe. Trees are great at absorbing emissions, therefore helping to undo some of the damage that we do by burning fossil fuels. As well as making our air cleaner, the ability of trees to absorb water helps to reduce flooding.

Many are aware of the work of Branch Out at Gullane Lake, close to the Technology Park in Clonakilty. Over the last three years the group has organised the planting of over 5,000 native Irish trees. Some of the trees planted in the first year are already over 8ft tall! With a lovely mixture of oak, beech, alder, birch and scots pine, the woodland is starting to take shape. In the near future it will be a fantastic place to go for a walk or a picnic but in the meantime there are more trees to be planted.

This year SWS Forestry and local nurseries have donated over 1,000 trees. Everybody is encouraged to come along and help; people can stay for the day or just plant one or two trees. Planting a small tree that will become a part of big woodland is a very satisfying thing to do – be part of the action!

Planting begins at 9am and continues throughout the day until 5pm. Parking is at the Clonakilty Technology Park. Please bring a garden spade and a high-visibility vest with you if you have them – some tools will also be available at the site. Refreshments will be provided for volunteers. Come along and play a part in creating a beautiful place for us and for our future generations.

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Paddy Duggan, former Principal of Clonakilty Community College, will be MC on the night, facilitating a discussion on getting the balance of feeling good.
Contributors on the night are Colm Sheehy, Conor Murray, David Lowney, Denis Murphy, Eoghan Deasy, Sean McEvoy, Thomas Clancy and Treasa O'Brien.
Topics covered will range from awareness and responsibility to yourself and others to the benefits of exercise and nutrition.
The evening is suitable for everyone aged 16 and over from players, members of the community, parents of young and adolescent children, etc.

This is a public event, free of charge and everyone is invited and very welcome to attend.
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The Cast of Harold Pinter’s ‘No Man’s Land’ are on their way to the All-Ireland finals, having won 26 awards, including five best of Festivals, at the Amateur Drama League of Ireland annual three act festivals. The play ‘No Man’s Land, by Harold Pinter, the Nobel Prize Winning Author is directed by Jennifer Williams.

One last opportunity to view this multi award winning play at Skibbereen Town Hall, on Saturday 14th of April, before the finals.

Having met by chance in a pub, two aging writers continue a long night of drinking and reminiscing in a stately London home. As the night wears on, their conversation wanders through memories long forgotten or invented. Is their encounter real or a delusion? Are they strangers or do they share a past history? When unexpected guests intrude upon an increasingly surreal evening, the atmosphere quickly changes from friendly to threatening, and the encounter becomes a game of survival.

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