New 100,000 trees and hedging plants programme

By Dan Walsh

Glanbia Ireland and its family farm suppliers are embarking on an exciting new initiative to drive increased planting of trees and hedgerows in the Irish countryside through the Operation Biodiversity programme utilising Ireland’s experienced CountryLife horticulturalists to work with farmers to further enhance and enrich the landscape.

Renowned environmental educator and broadcaster Éanna Ní Lamhna pictured launching the tree and hedgerow planting initiative. Glanbia Ireland and its family farm suppliers are embarking on an exciting new initiative to plant 100,000 trees and hedging plants in the Irish countryside through its new Operation Biodiversity programme. Pic; Finbarr O’Rourke.

Glanbia Ireland Chairman John Murphy said that the business will donate significant volumes of trees and hedging plants as part of a long-term programme to encourage biodiversity.

“We believe that by working together through our Operation Biodiversity programme we can help enrich our landscape for generations to come. Every single tree or metre of hedgerow planted makes a difference and builds on the great work that many farmers are already doing. We are aiming to plant 100,000 trees and hedging plants, however, that is just the first step,” he said.

To help drive this initiative, Glanbia Ireland will donate 10 bare root trees for every low-cost bundle of 15 trees purchased. The options feature a “Rich Species Bundle” to suit both limey and acidic soils, including a variety of trees such as Oak, Alder and Mountain Ash.

In addition, for every two hedgerow bundles purchased Glanbia Ireland will donate a further bundle to cover an additional 10 metres. Each low-cost hedgerow bundle has been carefully selected and includes 40 plants, which are a mixture of both bare root trees and hedging plants. 

Operation Biodiversity has teamed up with renowned environmental educator and broadcaster, Éanna Ní Lamhna, and is supported by the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.

Environmentalist Éanna Ní Lamhna explained: “This is a great initiative. Vibrant hedgerows on farms provide wildlife corridors for many of the insects, birds and mammals that are such a help to the farming operations. They also provide much needed shelter for grazing animals. Pockets of trees on farms play their part in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow and so all help to combat climate change. The native species being donated by Glanbia Ireland will grow very well on Irish soils and enhance the appearance of the farms on which they are planted.”

For further details on the Operation Biodiversity initiative and to follow our blogs and educational videos check out www.glanbiaconnect.com and www.countrylife.ie

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