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New native forest at Derryvunny Co. Roscommon Adding More Green

Saturday 1 January 2011

Pictured at the planting of the new native woodland forest beside Corrigeenroe National School, Co. Roscommon are pupils and teachers from Corrigeenroe National School and staff members from Coillte and AIB Banks.

Coillte and AIB together with children from Corrigeenroe National School, today attended a tree planting ceremony to mark National Tree Week at a new native woodland forest at Derryvunny, that the two companies are developing in partnership.

The Derryvunny Greenwood will promote biodiversity by restoring and managing native broadleaf woodland capable of naturally regenerating itself over time. In addition, an amenity trail for visitors with car parking facilities will bring the site to life as a living educational resource for the community

The Derryvunny site is 12.5 hectares in size and was acquired with financial support from AIB as part of its "Add More Green" programme, whereby, over 269,000 AIB customers have opted to receive their bank statements online, by eStatements, rather than by paper. For all those who sign up to eStatements, AIB donates €2 towards the AIB 'Add more Green' Fund. Since this initiative was introduced in 2007 it has generated a fund of over €1,000,000. Projects already supported by the fund include the World Land Trust on two preservation projects in South America and the Native Woodland Trust on a 'Trees for Secondary Schools' project in Ireland.

Coillte project manager Martin Ruane said "the farmland part of the site is being restored to native woodland. A variety of native broadleaf trees including Oak Birch ,Hazel, Alder, Willow, Rowan and Holly have been planted where suitable adding to the trees in copses and hedgerows already on the farm site. The lower part of the site has a mix of broadleaf woodland and non native species will be removed from the site during the restoration period".

A loop trail has been constructed with a viewing platform that gives good views over Lough Key and hinterland. A multi access trail is being constructed and will be completed over the next couple of months.

Jacqui Mc Crum, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, AIB Group said AIB is delighted to be involved in this project which supports both biodiversity and leisure objectives and provides a valuable resource for the local community.

Since National Tree Week began almost 30 years ago, approximately 400,000 trees have been planted by hundreds of communities in various locations throughout Ireland.  2011 is the International Year of the Forests and Coillte is encouraging as many people as possible to come out and take part in the many events taking place around the country during National Tree Week. 



For further information, please contact:

Ronan Sheridan
Press Officer
AIB Group
Dublin 4
Tel: 641 4650