Latest Laois News: Abbeyleix plants 5000 native trees for National Tree Week

Latest Laois News: Abbeyleix plants 5000 native trees for National Tree Week

Abbeyleix delivers for National Tree week with 5000 Native Trees

The community in Abbeyleix has been very busy in the run up to National Tree Week with a programme of planting that has seen 5000 native trees established in and around the town. The icing on the cake has seen the establishment  of a 2 ½  acre recreation focused native woodland or NeighbourWood adjacent to the estates of Corrán na n-Óir, Gort na n-Óir, Slí na n-Óir, Balladine Heights and Balladine Drive which are located in the middle of the heritage town of Abbeyleix.

Local children came out on Sunday 21st March to put the finishing touches to the NeighbourWood by planting the last of the 3500 trees that make up the 2 ½ acre plot. This project was organised by Abbeyleix Tidy Towns in close collaboration with the local residents groups. Funding was secured through the Forestry Service and Laois County Council who are very supportive of the project that has been over 2 years in the planning. Aishling Rothwell, a key local organiser on the project said the following:

“ We are delighted to see the transformation of this area into a recreation and learning space and also a wildlife habitat”. She added; “ the local kids are very excited and were delighted to get the chance to actually plant some of the trees”. 

This NeighbourWood project ties in neatly with an ambition of Abbeyleix Tidy Towns to establish more native trees into public and private spaces around the town. In the run up to National Tree Week, 1500 additional trees were also distributed to local gardens, sports facilities, smallholdings and farms in a joint initiative with Trees on the Land (coordinated locally by Brian Gaynor).

NeighbourWood Plan for Abbeyleix

This native tree project is part of a wider Climate Action initiative, which is seeing the gradual transformation of Abbeyleix into a more sustainable community. To find out more about this project visit:  or follow us on Facebook here.

Amy Delaney helping to plant. 📷 Jim Fennelly