School children from Muinefliuch National School, Macroom, enjoyed some outdoor learning in early March, teaming up with Coillte to plant native trees on the school grounds in celebration of ESB Tree Week. The annual weeklong festival celebrates the importance that trees play in our lives and this year Coillte supported the event organisers, the National Tree Council of Ireland, by organising educational nature talks and tree planting events across the country.
With spades in hand the Muinefliuch children together with their families each planted native broadleaf trees including Oak, Silver Birch, Holly, and Ash. Local environmentalist, Ted Cook, also gave the children and their parents a talk about nature and tree identification.
School teacher, Shane Lehane, said, “The students had a great time today, digging holes and planting in the young trees supplied by Coillte, while enjoying all that the outdoors has to offer.”
The public can visit www.coillte.ie, where there is a section, ‘Learn About Trees’, full of information and downloadable worksheets suitable for primary school children, which is a fun way for children to learn about trees and the environment.
For full information on tracks, trails, forest parks and recreational sites located nearby, as well as information on wheelchair and buggy accessibility, see www.coillteoutdoors.ie.