National Science Week was a big hit across the county with many people partaking in different events.
This year’s theme was ‘Climate Action’ and Camross Parish Development Association planted a number of trees in their New Village Park in the Slieve Bloom Mountains today.
The theme aimed to help people understand climate change and how science and technology can help us create a positive climate future and the impact we as individuals can have on climate change.
Coillte has kindly donated thousands of trees to Science Foundation Ireland to be planted during Science Week as part of this year’s Climate Action theme.
The trees are a mixture of native saplings.
Establishment Managervof Coillte, Ger Buckley said: “Coillte, while operating commercially and sustaining many rural jobs nationally, also recognises the key role that all its woodlands both Conifer and Broadleaf have in Climate action.
“As such we currently manage up to 20% of our Forest estate with the primary objective of Biodiversity enhancement.”
Johanna Mc Donald Steenkist from Camross Parish Development Association said: “Trees and woodlands make a positive contribution to an area’s biodiversity and landscape, providing a habitat for wildlife and a place of recreation and relaxation for those who live in the area.
“We are delighted to part of this national tree planting initiative with Laois Heritage Office and Midlands Science and to plant so many trees in our new community woodland site in our Village Park during national Science Week.”
The village of Camross nestles close to Ard Erin-the highest peak in the Slieve Bloom Mountains and its name in Irish actually means ‘Crooked Woods’, so it was only fitting!