By Dan Walsh
An Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy officially launched National Biodiversity Week last Friday when she attended the planting of a native Irish Rowan tree in the grounds of St. John’s Community Hospital accompanied by representatives of Enniscorthy Men’s Shed, St. John’s Community Hospital and staff of Wexford County Council.
Cllr Murphy said she was delighted to officially launch National Biodiversity Week in Co. Wexford. “This week is all about connecting people with nature and the benefits of protecting and enhancing our biodiversity. Spending time in nature can improve our health and well-being. It is great to see the wide range of initiatives being undertaken by Wexford County Council, including the increased support for biodiversity in our urban areas, a notable example of which is the enhancement of the Gorey ecological corridor.”
Catherine McLoughlin, Heritage Officer Wexford County Council also attended the event and stated: “National Biodiversity Week is also about learning and having fun. Many of the events this week are family friendly and there is something for everyone to enjoy,”
Clare Kelly, Climate Officer with Wexford County Council agreed with Ms. McLoughlin. “A simple action that we can all take as individuals or communities to help biodiversity and reduce carbon emissions is to plant a native tree,”
Tonight (Monday) Wexford County Council supported a talk on the barn owls of the south-east by Birdwatch Ireland and the Wexford Barn Owl project, while this coming Thursday, Barntown Community Centre will host a public talk on the fascinating underwater biodiversity of the Wexford coast at 7.30pm.
To see the full programme of events taking place please see National Biodiversity Week 2022 | Wexford County Council (wexfordcoco.ie) or visit https://biodiversityweek.ie/