We met with Minister of State for Natural Resources Seán Canney, Galway County Councillor Grealdine Donohue and Senator Victor Boyhan, this summer in Woodville Walled Gardens. We explained the importance of trees and discussed our project ideas. We have been invited to present our projects at a full meeting of Galway County Council in the near future. We’d like to thank them for taking the time to listen to us. The Connacht Tribune wrote a piece about it.
We are very thankful to Margarita Donohue and Marie Kelly of Woodville Walled Gardens. We would definitely recommend a visit! They have a lovely walled garden with fruit trees and 8 acres of beautiful native woodland trees.
Here’s the full text of the article which was published in the Connacht Tribune on Friday 6 September 2019 last:
Environmentally conscious pupils make case for planting more trees
By Dara Bradley
FOUR environmentally conscious Galway children have made a strong case for political action for planting more trees, and preserving existing ones.
Siblings Leela (11) and Jeevan (8) Kingsnorth, and brothers Harry (10) and Ewan (12) Callan, all from East Galway, presented their Children’s Tree Campaign at Woodville Walled Garden in Kilchreest.
The children lobbied Minister of State for Natural Resources, Seán Canney, a Galway East TD, Galway County Councillor Geraldine Donohue and Senator Victor Boyhan, all Independents.
The objective of their campaign is to call for action to protect existing trees on Galway County Council land and to plant more trees on community spaces.
The children made a case for native trees to be planted on school grounds and along public spaces such as road-ways and motorways. They also listed ways in which the local authority could protect existing trees and stop trees from being cut down.
In attendance during the presentation were owner of Woodville Walled Garden, Margarita Donohue and head gardener, Marie Kelly.
“We were all very impressed with all four of the children who outlined their campaign,” said Cllr Donohue, who organised the event.
“Jeevan is only eight but he was brilliant – he should be in the Dáil. They outlined their plans for planting more native trees and for more tree preservation and it is something the Galway County Council can act on and take on board. Seán Canney and I have agreed that the children should present their campaign at a full meeting of Galway County Council and we are going to organise that soon,” she said.