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Plant for Our Planet: Minister Halligan celebrates National Tree Week with MEDITE SMARTPLY

• Minister John Halligan, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development celebrates Tree Week 2019 with MEDITE SMARTPLY in Co Waterford
• Minister encourages the public to ‘Plant for our Planet’. By doing something as simple as planting a tree, everyone can play a role in combating climate change
• Over half a million trees planted throughout Ireland and counting!

Tuesday, 9 April 2019: To mark National Tree Week coming to a close, Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan T.D. was on hand to plant a tree at MEDITE SMARTPLY who are part of the Coillte group based in Waterford.

This year’s theme ‘Planting for our Planet’ is more important than ever. Trees play a significant role in our climate change strategy by soaking up carbon emissions while also providing a renewable and sustainable building resource through their timber.

Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan, T.D. said;

“I am delighted to be at MEDITE SMARTPLY facility in Waterford to celebrate National Tree Week 2019. Trees are one of our most important assets in the fight against climate change and National Tree Week is about people coming together and planting in their local communities. I would encourage everyone to learn more about the wonderful benefit of these natural resources, and to think about planting trees on an ongoing basis and not just for Tree Week.”

Trees improve air quality, provide shade, increase biodiversity, provide food and shelter for wildlife, reduce local wind speeds and the effects of flash flooding. As well as the environmental benefits, there are social and economic reasons to plant trees.

National Tree Week is sponsored by Forest Industries Ireland and encourages communities and people to come together to celebrate and enjoy trees and all their uses. These range from building our homes to cleaning the air we breathe and even giving us a place to connect with family and friends in many of the recreational sites available throughout Ireland.

Since the beginning of National Tree Week, over half a million trees have been planted across Ireland. Coillte work in partnership with the Tree Council of Ireland to facilitate the supply and distribution of over 15,000 trees for National Tree Week, which are delivered to community groups all across Ireland.

Neil Foot, Managing Director of MEDITE SMARTPLY added:

“We are delighted to support National Tree Week 2019 and it’s great to see everyone here in MEDITE SMARTPLY coming together to celebrate trees! This natural resource is core to our business here in Waterford. We are a market leading manufacturer of sustainable timber construction panels so it is fitting that we are getting involved and ‘Planting for our Planet’.”

This year’s theme ‘Planting for our Planet’ is a particularly important one, as trees help reduce climate change effects by reducing the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Forest Industries Ireland and The Tree Council of Ireland want everyone to learn about the incredible ways trees support us and our natural world, and how trees can help tackle climate change.

Minister of State for Local Government and Electoral Reform, John Paul Phelan TD, was pleased to take part in an official tree planting ceremony at the MEDITE SMARTPLY facility in Co Kilkenny.

“I am pleased to be here in Waterford to take part in this tree planting ceremony at the MEDITE SMARTPLY facility. We are marking the end of National Tree Week and I wish to commend everyone involved and particular those around the country who planted a tree during the week.

Given the benefit trees have for our environment by helping to reduce climate change effects, I hope that people will continue to play their part and plant trees.”
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MEDITE SMARTPLY is a market leading manufacturer of sustainable timber construction panels. Our award-winning brands MEDITE and SMARTPLY are renowned for delivering the highest quality products, customer-led innovation and industry leading customer service.
Our manufacturing sites in Clonmel (MEDITE) and Waterford (SMARTPLY) in Ireland feature the latest production technology to deliver straighter, flatter and more consistent boards than ever before, in a range of sizes and thicknesses unparalleled within the industry. Constant progression and investment have allowed MEDITE SMARTPLY to enter new diverse markets and sectors, meaning that there is always a fresh pipeline of new products to address market demands.

As part of the Coillte Group, we pride ourselves on our sustainable supply chain and manufacturing processes, meaning our products are as environmentally conscious in their make up as they are in their application.