Great to be at the Kilkenny Education Centre today!


What a tree-t to be kicking off the summer term at Kilkenny Education Centre by planting a pair of “Family” miniature apple trees.

I first met director Margaret Maxwell at the conference of directors of the country’s network of education centres two years ago, when they invited me to showcase our project in Glasnevin. What a dynamic group they are; on the very day we arranged a ceremonial tree planting in Tralee, with the late Prof. John Coolahan and his grandchildren attending Tarbert N.S. This directly lead to our recent planting party involving 270 children in Listowel planting 420 trees this April.


I had a chat with Margaret a few weeks later and we put together a plan to work together with the County Council Heritage Officer and Kilkenny County Childhood Committee about biodiversity plans and resources. So here we are; just before the season ends we are planting in Goresbridge and Dukes Meadows, making a start on a new phase of planting by having this pair of trees in pots all lined up for the new term. Let’s hope it gains tree-action!

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