One oak tree can absorb up to 10lbs of air pollution per year.
Now 120 new oak saplings planted at four city parks by the Lord Mayor of Cork will help ensure Cork’s air quality continues to improve during their 400 year life span.
Sponsored by Coillte, the saplings were planted at Glen River Park, Bridevalley Park, the Blackrock Castle Walkway and the Curraheen Walkway as part of Cork City Council’s Decade of Centenaries Programme 2021.
The oak saplings bring the number of trees planted by Cork City Council Operations (Parks) this year to around 1,200.
Cork Chamber is sponsoring another 200 trees and has committed to at least two more years of sponsorship at €3,000 per year.
“These trees planted today, kindly donated by Coillte, are a representation of all primary and secondary schools in Cork City and speak to our past, present and future.” said Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh.
“The Lord Mayor’s Oak Tree Initiative 2021 symbolises the resilience, sustainability and growth synonymous with our schools”.
Coillte Supply Chain Manager, Dominic Joyce said: “Coillte is delighted to support such initiatives as they inspire future generations and increase awareness of the important role that trees play in mitigating climate change, improving habitats, increasing biodiversity and providing sustainable and renewable building materials.
Plaques have been installed near the new trees and a QR code will direct people to the Cork City Council commemorations site where further details of the initiative will appear.