Swords Students Busy Planting Trees

Tree plantingPictured at the planting of 90 alder trees in Ward River Valley by Loreto Swords students, in conjuction with the County Council and Swords Tidy Towns, are Fergus O'Carroll (County Council), Abigail Conlon, Emma Fowler, Matt Cullen (Swords Tidy Towns), Deirdre Scully (teacher). Sarah Barron, Lauren Barrett, Ava Mitchell, Aoife Whelan, Niamh Ní Mhóráin and Orlagh Walzer

Students from Loreto College, River Valley, Swords undertook the planting of more that 90 alder trees in Ward River Valley last week, as part of a tree project at the school, aimed at attracting bees.

Teacher, Deirdre Scully said, “It all started off when our 2nd year class, as part of their Junior Cert project decided to undertake an environmental project. We decided to enter the ECO UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards. Our focus was primarily on building a wild flower garden, with the help of the caretaker in the school, to attract bees. We did a lot of research on the decline of bees and the part played by the overuse of pesticides in their demise. It is estimated that around 30 per cent of our food comes about through bees pollinating and so their survival is critical to the survival of people,” she said.

“We had been in contact with Fergus O’Carroll from the County Council during a tree project last year, because a lot of trees had been knocked down in various estates in Swords and the students were upset about this. We decided to contact the County Council and, as a result, we got trees planted in our school.”

“We wanted to see what we could do about wild gardens, so Fergus agreed that he would plant alder trees in the Ward River Valley, which would protect the river bank and would also attract bees. This ties in very well with our tree project and he invited us to help him to plant the trees in the valley last week. It was a very educational and worthwhile exercise for the girls, who enjoyed the experience.”