The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until April 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Planting for our Planet - Play your part and help combat climate change during National Tree Week 2019!

Planting for our Planet - Play your part and help combat climate change during National Tree Week 2019!

  • Planting more trees is the most efficient way of removing carbon from the atmosphere and combatting climate change
  • Tree week is a week-long festival encouraging people to plant more trees and get involved in local activities happening in their area
  • Over half a million trees planted during National Tree Week since if first began in 1985.

Offaly County Council is encouraging everyone in Offaly to get involved in National Tree Week which is taking place from 31 March – 6 April 2019. The theme for 2019 is ‘Planting for our Planet’. By doing something as simple as planting a tree everyone can play a role in combating climate change.

Co-ordinated by the Tree Council of Ireland and sponsored by Forest Industries Ireland, National Tree Week is a week-long festival of tree-related activities. The aim is to encourage people to plant more trees and to improve awareness, understanding and enjoyment of trees and forests across the country.

Director of Forest Industries Ireland, Mark McAuley said:

          “Forest Industries Ireland is delighted to be sponsoring National Tree Week for the first time this year. The forestry industry is a major player in the rural and national economies and we support those who promote and protect trees within our communities. Trees are a hugely valuable sustainable natural resource and also address one of the most troubling issues of our time – climate change. We want people to get involved in events that are taking place in their local area throughout the week. There are events to suit everyone, whether you are a large organisation or an individual you can get involved and do a great thing for your environment.”

This year’s theme ‘Planting for our Planet’ is an important one as trees help reduce climate change effects by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Since the beginning of National Tree Week over half a million trees have been planted, Coillte who work in partnership with the Tree Council to facilitate the supply and distribution of over 15,000 trees which are delivered to community groups throughout Ireland. By doing something as simple as planting a tree, everyone can play a role in making a difference in combatting climate change.

President of the National Tree Council, Joseph McConville said:

“Each year, communities around Ireland get together to celebrate trees in a multitude of ways. With tree planting events, guided walks, poetry sessions, information evenings, and more, there is an event to suit everyone and we would encourage people of all ages in Offaly to get involved and take part in an event locally during National Tree Week.”

If you do take part in any events in your area tag your event and attendance on social media using the #treeweek2019 we would love to see how you celebrate National Tree Week this year. To find out more visit www.treecouncil.ie to find out what is happening in your area. Get out, make a difference and get involved in National Tree Week 2019.

For interviews, images, or information about Offaly County Council’s involvement in National Tree Week in your area, contact:

James Mannion, jamesmannion@offalycoco.ie 057 9157401