Clarecastle Tree Survey Report 2022
This project has been funded by The Heritage Council
On behalf of Clarecastle Tidy Towns and Clarecastle and Ballyea Heritage and Wildlife Group, I warmly welcome the publication of the Clarecastle Tree Survey Report. The study of the existing trees and hedgerows along the main roads and public parks in Clarecastle along with the role that carefully planned new trees can play in enhancing our quality of life in our urban environment has long been an ambition of Clarecastle Tidy Towns. We were delighted this year with the news that our application for funding to the Heritage Council ‘Community Heritage Grants Scheme 2022’ was successful.
The new community orchard and the recent “Hares Corner” Project that involved residents groups, Clarecastle NS and Clarecastle Pre-School along with Clarecastle Tidy Towns, Burren Beo, Seed Savers and Clarecastle GAA are examples of how as a community we can work together to plant trees that will hopefully be protected and allowed grow to maturity.
We would also like to acknowledge the great work by residents groups, Clarecastle Pastoral Council, Clarecastle GAA , Clarecastle Community Garden, Clarecastle NS, farming community and many others in planting and maintaining trees and hedgerows and the promotion of biodiversity projects in their own areas. This Report clearly identifies opportunities across the community for all to participate in. We would love to see the project driven as part of the Clarecastle Biodiversity Plan to ensure that every consideration is given prior to selecting and planting trees, including how to avoid future problems by planting the right tree in the right place. It would be a really worthwhile cross-community project.
This Project could not have gone ahead without the funding support of the Heritage Council of Ireland and we wish to place on record our sincere thanks to the Heritage Council for its support and wish it continued success in the fantastic work that it is doing throughout the country.
I would also like to thank Congella McGuire, Clare Heritage Officer, for her continued encouragement and support for this project and to the Clare County Council team on the ground that are so supportive to Clarecastle Tidy Towns.
Chairperson Clarecastle Tidy Towns
15th Oct 2022