Emer Reilly (right) who is on the teaching staff at St Bricin’s College in Belturbet presents a plaque, outlining the various features of project, which was later erected on site, to Sharon Brennan McGovern, chairperson of Belturbet Zero Waste. Also in the picture are various members of Belturbet Zero Waste and the general community.

Zero Waste initiative takes root

A hundred and twenty native Irish trees were planted in a new tree nursery at Castlesaunderson last Saturday as part of the Belturbet Zero Waste project.

The initiative is seeking to use native woodlands to have a positive impact on climate change. Members of the greater Belturbet community and St Mary’s National School played a major role in the project, which was first initiated back in 2019, under the guidance of the then principal, Maureen Gaffney.

The trees in this new nursery were geminated from seed by the senior pupils in St Mary’s National School. Those saplings were given to Belturbet Zero Waste and they set about finding a suitable home for the trees.

With the help of Cavan County Council and Scouting Ireland, the site in Saunderson was acquired for the nursery plantation project and was expertly fenced off by the Fencing Matters company.

Barry Wilson from Belturbet Zero Waste outlined the list of trees included to the Celt – holly, oak, chestnut, hazel, alder, pine, mountain ash, beech and a spindle tree.

He said they young people at St Mary’s NS saw them grow from seed at their school and now they can watch them grow over the years at Castlesaunderson.

There were also experts on hand in the area of Solar energy at the Scouts Centre and they imparted their knowledge to members of the public over refreshments after the trees were planted.

An informative plaque outlining how the project came to fruition was made in St Bricin’s College and was handed over by a member of the teaching staff, Emer Reilly to Sharon Brennan McGovern, chairperson of Belturbet Zero Waste. That plaque was then erected at the nursery site so that the public can read all about the project.