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Minister Wallace launches distribution of posters of our native trees to primary schools as part of National Tree Week 4th -10th March

Ms. Mary Wallace T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture and Food with responsibility for Forestry, today launched an initiative to distribute educational posters to over 3000 primary schools throughout the country for National Tree Week.

The poster entitled Our Native Trees, illustrates trees native to Ireland including oak, ash, elm, birch, aspen, alder and rowan. The Minister launched the distribution of the posters to mark National Tree Week, Seachtain Náisiúnta na gCrann, which runs from 4th-10th March.

Presenting the posters to a number of schools in her constituency, the Minister highlighted the role of teachers in educating students on the many benefits of trees. She emphasised the need to promote an understanding and an appreciation in young people of the important roles that trees play in our lives. The Minister went on to point out some of the social and recreational benefits of forestry and said it was important that children understand and enjoy the natural environment in which they live.

Trees will also play a significant part in these students' futures. The Minister stressed the fact that trees play a key role in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and improving the air that we breathe. Trees planted today will provide a better future for all of us.

Minister Wallace said "I want to encourage and foster a tree and wood culture in Ireland and to promote a wider understanding of the many benefits of trees and woodland, especially amongst children".

2 March, 2007

Date Released: 02 March 2007