To celebrate the upcoming opening of the new Aldi Ballina store, store staff members have teamed up with Green Belt and local landowners John and Stella Drummond to plant over 12,000 trees in Coollagagh, Co. Mayo.
Aldi highlighted that it is the first retailer in Ireland to commit to planting one million native Irish woodland trees by 2025, in partnership with Green Belt.
The native trees will create a wildlife corridor for native species and enhance biodiversity while removing more than 160,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over their 100-year life span, the discounter noted.
Aldi’s new store in Ballina will be situated on Bury Street and open on 1 September.
The new store will be Aldi’s fifth in Mayo and 152nd nationwide.
The Ballina store has been designed to be environmentally friendly and will be powered by 100% green electricity.
Aldi noted that it is the first retailer in Ireland to commit to this level of partnership with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine’s Woodland Environmental Fund (WEF), an initiative under which Irish businesses can partner with landowners and the department to help create new native woodlands in Ireland.
It provides additional incentives to plant new native woodlands and supports the government’s target of planting 22 million new trees a year until 2040.