The red squirrels in Ballina’s Belleek Woods and the wildlife in Moygownagh and Swinford will reap the rewards after Irish Water sowed more than 1,000 trees at three of its Mayo plants. 

The Mayo planting initiative is just one of many Irish Water projects supporting biodiversity across the country.

Ballina’s Wastewater Treatment Plant is close to Belleek Woods where red squirrels call home, so their favourite hazel trees were planted there. In the other two sites, Swinford and Moygownagh, 600 new trees are thriving. 

Irish Water’s Biodiversity Officer David Fallon is proud to be part of the initiative. 

“Trees are the lungs of our planet and without them we wouldn’t survive”.

 

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