On the morning of 29th February 2020, Athenry Music School, Esker Children’s Music Group, and Athenry Tidy Towns are joining the ‘Children’s Tree Campaign’ and inviting our community to plant thousands of native trees in Athenry.

The project hopes to see the commitment of up to 300 people planting trees together in one day, with the aim of adding 10,000 new trees to the town’s landscape. It involves only man/woman/child power, a spade and a few hours.

The Children’s Tree Campaign is a new campaign set up by Galway-based children in 2019. It aims to protect Ireland’s native trees, and encourage the planting of many more, to help encourage wildlife and biodiversity and help tackle climate change.

Scientists have shown that planting trees is one of the most effective ways to tackle climate change. As the saplings grow into full trees, they absorb carbon dioxide – the main climate-changing gas – from the atmosphere.

Native trees also support hundreds of species of animals that we need to save. Trees are beautiful, hold and make topsoil, reduce flooding and noise pollution around our homes, slow traffic around schools and help our physical and mental well-being.

All families, children and community groups are invited to pledge their support, bring their spades and their enthusiasm to plant a forest for our future. For more information, click on https://childrenstreecampaign.org/ or contact any of the groups.