Local groups plant trees in ‘Great Green Wall’


A number of local groups came together last Saturday to plant trees in Roscommon town as part of the Great Green Wall initiative, which was launched by local TD Denis Naughten last year.

The initiative was inspired by an African-led movement aiming to grow an 8,000km natural barrier to stop the progress of the Sahara desert right across the entire width of Africa. The Society of African Missions and Irish Tree Council had developed the Laudato Tree project as part of this effort.

Cllr. Kathleen Shanagher was in attendance when the first thirteen trees were planted on behalf of Roscommon County Council in 2019.

“Recently I was contacted by two local groups, Pieta House and Macra na Feirme, who wanted to plant trees in the town. Macra were planting their tree in honour of frontline workers.

“I then contacted Maire Allen of Roscommon Special Olympics and invited her to plant a tree on behalf of the Special Olympics committee to replace one which had blown down in Loughnaneane Park recently.

“Last Saturday, these trees were planted outside Roscommon County Council offices alongside the thirteen trees Deputy Naughten had planted last year as part of the Great Green Wall.

“The Roscommon Tidy Towns committee is promoting the planting of pollinator trees and would encourage anyone thinking of planting a tree to plant a pollinator. Check out the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 for suggestions and advice,” she said.