Green Belt establishes a native woodland

Woodland Environmental Fund supports local landowner

Aug. 6, 2021

Aldi plants 37,000 trees as Dunshaughlin store to open

John Donohoe Published: Fri 6 Aug 2021, 10:23 AM Last updated: Fri 6 Aug 2021, 8:49 PM Aldi has announced its Dunshaughlin store is to open on Thursday 19th August, and to mark the occasion, is planting 37,700 trees in Ashbourne.

The Dunshaughlin store staff teamed up with Green Belt and local landowner Joseph Corry to plant the native trees. The Woodland Environmental Fund, administered by the DAFM, provides additional support to the land owner from a supporting company. Aldi has been working with these land owners across the country as part of their drive to establish 1,000,000 trees.

The field which is being developed was known as 'The Lawn', as it was once part of the grounds of Supple Castle, home of an old Dunshaughlin family who date from the 17th century. It was later owned by Murphys, and most recently, by Maddens, of the neighbouring hardware store.

Aldi says 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 also removing more than 160,000 tonnes of carbon emissions over their 100-year life span.

If your company would like to become involved with the Woodland Environmental Fund and support local land owners develop Native Irish woodlands, please contact your local Green Belt forester.