Limerick City and County Council is organising several free events this week to celebrate ESB Tree Week, formerly National Tree Week.

On Monday, Mayor of the Metropolitan District of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan planted an oak tree at St Munchin’s School in Corbally, and later this week the Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan, will plant another oak tree in Askeaton.

Limerick City and County Council will be distributing 2,000 free saplings of oak, birch, beech, alder and rowan to individuals, estate committees and community groups for planting throughout the week. The Tree Council of Ireland has kindly provided the local authority with 300 of these free tree saplings which will be distributed through three recycling centres on the following days: Saturday 7th March, Kilmallock Recycling Cen-tre, Kilmallock Industrial Park, and Newcastle West Recycling Centre, Station Road; Wednesday 4th and Saturday 7th March, Mungret Recycling Centre, Dock Road. These facilities are open from 10am to 5pm on both days.

The number of saplings distributed to each individ-ual will be limited and dependent on demand, as will the proposed number of days for distribution of these free saplings at the above facilities.

National Tree Week has been organised by the Tree Council of Ireland since 1985 and is a week-long programme of events to celebrate trees.