National Biodiversity Week 2023

Planting a native Irish Rowan tree in the grounds of Kennedy Park school to mark National Biodiversity Week 2023.

By Dan Walsh

To mark the official launch of National Biodiversity Week (May 19th-28th), Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr George Lawlor, planted a native Irish Rowan tree in the grounds of Kennedy Park National School in Wexford town.

Cllr Lawlor was delighted to perform the official launch and said: “This week is all about connecting people with nature and the benefits of protecting and enhancing our biodiversity.

“Spending time in nature can improve health and well-being. Biodiversity initiatives currently being undertaken by Wexford County Council include the gathering of scientific baseline data on wetlands, ecology and barn owls,” added Cllr Lawlor.

Mayor of Wexford Cllr Maura Bell said; “National Biodiversity Week is also about learning and having fun. Many of the events are family friendly and there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

Catherine McLoughlin, Heritage Officer with Wexford County Council, pointed out that “A simple action that we can all take as individuals or communities to help biodiversity is to reduce the frequency of mowing of lawns and grass. This action will help all of our pollinators and more information on this can be found at’.

The attendance included Deputy Principal Sylvia Wickham and the children of Kennedy Park National School Green Committee.

Nationwide and Wexford events can be found listed in the National Biodiversity Website at .

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