The next major event in the Carrick 400 Celebrations is a special tree planting ceremony to be held in the Linear Park, Carrick on Shannon at 12 noon on Friday, March 1. The event is being co-ordinated by the Environment Department of Leitrim County Council. The tree planting serves two purposes—The first is to commemorate Carrick’s 400 years of existence by having two clusters of four semi mature trees at this special ceremony.
One batch of four trees will be planted by representatives from each of the four Carrick-on-Shannon schools - Carrick Community School, the Gaelscoil, the Girls Primary School and the Boys Primary School. A time capsule will be placed beside the newly planted trees, containing the names of the pupils and teachers in each of the schools as of the day of the event. It is also intended to plant a second batch of four semi mature trees to represent four organisations representative of the many involved in the development and ongoing maintenance of Carrick-on-Shannon - the County Council, the Chamber of Commerce, The Tidy Towns Committee and Carrick-on-Shannon Active Age on behalf of all other organisations in the town. Each of these trees will be planted by a representative of the respective organisations.
The second purpose of the event is to raise environmental awareness among the population of Carrick-on-Shannon, and especially the school going population, of the importance of trees in our lives.
As well as the planting of the aforementioned semi mature trees, the Council has also procured 400 sapling trees which it is intended to have planted in and around the town to mark the Carrick 400 celebrations, and as part of its participation in National Tree Week which occurs in the first week of March. The Council will itself plant a number of these saplings at various locations within the town.
The Council will make the remainder of the saplings available to other community groups, organisations or businesses in the town who might wish to organise their own tree planting ceremonies during that week to commemorate Carrick 400 and National Tree Week. The trees may be obtained by contacting Carmel Coll (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Environment Department of Leitrim County Council. Trees will be provided on a first come-first served basis. The only criteria will be is that the trees must be planted during National Tree Week, that they must be for use within Carrick-on-Shannon, that the Council is provided with details of location and number planted for record purposes, and that a small ceremony is built around the planting for the benefit of the members of the organisation involved and so that awareness of Carrick 400 and awareness of the environment are heightened as a consequence.
The Council strongly urges the population of Carrick-on-Shannon to commemorate Carrick 400 in trees by the planting of 400 indigenous trees in the town.