60,000 trees get set for planting on farms as part of latest West Cork Trees Project

Carbery, the west Cork based international ingredients, flavours and award-winning cheese producer today launched the latest phase of its tree-planting project with long-time partners SWS Forestry, and new partners the Green Economy Foundation.

The Group are delighted to announce that the ‘West Cork Trees Project’ has secured funding under the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Programme, using the European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) Scheme. Each of the 1200 Carbery suppliers will receive 50 trees (oak, birch, white thorn, black thorn) made available to them for free via their local co-op. 

The initiative, which was the first of its kind for Ireland’s dairy industry, was first launched by Carbery in March 2016 with the aim of addressing climate change at a local level by offsetting carbon emissions. Since the launch in 2016, 45,000 trees have been planted across west Cork, and this new phase will see a further 60,000 trees planted across the region. As well as this, farmers can look forward to dedicated workshops on protecting and enhancing the biodiversity on their farms in 2022 as part of the project.

Carbery vice-chairman Dermot O’Leary was joined by Aoife Feeney, Farm Sustainability Lead with Carbery, James Hurley, Farmer and local IFA rep, Nikki Keeling from the Green Economy Foundation in Manch Estate, Emily Fitzgerald and Mick Connelly from SWS and Green Party Councillor Dan Boyle, representing Minister Hackett. The launch took place on the farm of Carbery supplier John Hurley, Dunmanway. The trees will be distributed in early January. 

For any further information contact: 

Louise Kelly, Communications Manager, Carbery 

P 083 888 5995 

E louisekelly@carbery.com

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