Sunday, February 3, 2013

O' Connell welcomes One Million Trees Scheme

The Chairperson of County Wexford Sinn Féin has warmly welcomed the news that tree planting will take place in early March for the largest Irish community tree planting project in history.  Oisin O' Connell cited the project as proof of the tremendous success of cross border initiatives and proof that a no border Ireland would function efficiently and pragmatically.

One Million Trees in a day is a non profit, all Ireland community and environmental initiative which seeks to plant one million young native trees at sites across the island of Ireland during a twenty four hour period on the 22nd and 23rd of March.

"The One Million Trees project is a great idea that gives communities across this island the pitch to aid their environment by planting natives trees on a given day in March," Mr O' Connell said.  " Over 1500 landowners have agreed to accommodate trees and it's clear that the target of 1,000 acres of land needed is now very achievable.  Trees are being placed on land owned by the state, private landowners, schools, colleges, farmers, councils and community groups across the 32 counties of Ireland."

"The scheme, which is still accepting applications, is offering up to two hundred free native trees for landowners who are willing to accommodate them.   Farmers is particular are reacting to this generous offer, growing saplings on hedges, ditches and unused land.  This is allowing the initiative to reach its true goal which is to provide a valuable sustainable ecosystem for future generations of Irish people to enjoy."

"Recently I spoke at the United Ireland Conference in Dublin on the possibility of a border poll in the near future and reunification.  There are people across this island who long to see national unity.  There are also people who don't believe it is possible.  The truth is the border has already ceased to exist in many areas and groups as diverse as One Million Trees, the GAA, Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann and the Irish Rugby team are operating on an All Ireland basis.  These groups are proving everyday that a united Ireland would in fact function efficiently and pragmatically."

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