Aldi Ireland has recently planted 15,000 trees on a site in Muingaphuca, County Kerry.
This is in addition to the 16,000 trees that were planted on a site in Rockfield, Limerick in December 2019.
The new plantation of native Irish woodland will help to encourage local flora and fauna, while aligning with the Government’s aim to plant 22 million trees a year until 2040, the retailer said.
The initial plantation of 16,000 trees will remove as much as 3,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, it added.
Working in conjunction with Green Belt, the site underwent a Forest Carbon Woodlands Benefit Assessment, the discounter explained.
As part of this assessment, it was established that the site was planned sensitively to enhance the neighbouring aquatic feature close to the project boundary, to enhance the local landscape and to create a new and diverse habitat along the ‘Kerry Way’.
Green Belt, who coordinated the project, said that it is 'delighted to work with Aldi to initiate and deliver step 1 of real action by helping them establishing 10.22 hectares of new native woodland, by planting 31,000 native trees which will over time lead to the capture of 5,785 tonnes of carbon.'
Additionally, the site has been planned with significant setbacks throughout, enabling grassland to revert to more natural vegetation, further enhancing biodiversity in the area.
The plantation will ultimately create a habitat for foxes, deer, badgers, squirrels, pine martens and many more.
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