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The primary school children of St Laurence’s National School finish planting 3,305 trees in Seagrange Park, adjoining Bayside DART station on Wednesday.

The pupils were joined by the Minister for Education and local TD Richard Bruton, and Fingal Mayor Mary McCamley, and representatives of pupils from 10 schools in the area, who are part of the “Easy Treesie” initiative, developed by local primary school teacher Orla Farrell.

“That’s one tree for every primary school in Ireland”, said the Minister. “This could be the start of something big. It’s really important as well that the trees chosen here by Fingal County Council specialists will help mitigate flooding and increase biodiversity in the area.”

“We are marking World Environment Day here today, at local level, at community level and at international level, as we join in similar efforts in schools all over the globe”, said project co-ordinator Orla Farrell.

“I began planting trees for the Millenium in the year 2000. Now those trees are higher than my school roof here beside the Baldoyle Estuary. We have a great shelter belt with birdsong instead of traffic noise, and it provides shade too.”

“Trees are vital for protecting and preserving our environment, and we would like to see everyone growing more trees. Through this initiative, schoolchildren are learning the importance of trees, and we are looking forward to joining with other schools in exporting our initiative countrywide.”

Further information on the initiative may be found at .


This project is part of a global initiative, Plant-for-the-Planet, inspired by teacher and Nobel Laureate Wangari Mathai.