Over 26,000 trees available for planting on up to 1,300 farms in West Cork

Carbery, in conjunction with SWS Forestry, has launched The Carbery Tree Project, whereby local farmers will be given 20 trees each for planting on their farms in an initiative to address climate change at a local level.  The project is the first scheme of its kind for the dairy industry in Ireland and will involve all 1,314 suppliers across the four West Cork Co-ops – Bandon, Barryroe, Drinagh and Lisavaird.

The Co-op farmer members have committed to plant up to 20 native Irish trees each as a carbon offsetting measure, and also to increase biodiversity on their farms. During National Tree Week, 6th to 13th March, the trees will be provided to farmers, for free, in biodegradable bags at their local co-operatives. They will also receive educational pamphlets on planting instructions and the benefits of trees.

Dan MacSweeney, Chief Executive Officer, Carbery Group welcomed the support of suppliers in helping Carbery to achieve its sustainability targets: “Sustainability and social responsibility are central to our business strategy and growth. We understand that our success is dependent on our respect for the environment and the communities in which we operate and are delighted to launch this Carbery Tree Project initiative,” he said.

Carbery, supported by its farmers, has a strong reputation as a source of high quality, sustainably produced, food and dairy ingredients.

However, even with the most responsible approach, some carbon dioxide (CO2) will be released into the atmosphere as a result of milk production and the manufacturing process in the dairy industry. Carbery is committed to continuously evaluating ways to offset carbon emissions.

 “The average tree can absorb around 1 tonne of CO2 when grown to maturity. The native species of Birch and Oak chosen for this initiative will also help to improve the natural environment and provide a habitat for indigenous natural wildlife,” said Michael Connelly SWS Forestry.

Anja Murray, renowned ecologist added “Trees provide multiple benefits to us, every day.   They soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide, thus tackling climate change.  Native trees also provide shelter and enhance the farmed landscape, and they are wonderful wildlife habitats. This initiative is a significant sustainability story that will enhance the natural environment and reputation of West Cork farmers. It should encourage similar nationwide initiatives.”

Editors Note

In 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, met with the goal of achieving a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change. The talks in Paris contained several points that will have a direct impact on Ireland and its rural economy; Agriculture accounts for approximately 32% of Irish greenhouse gas production and Ireland has committed to reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by 2020.

For more information please contact Enda Buckley, Sustainability Manager, Carbery. Email: or Telephone 023 8822369

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