An Post will be the first company to participate in the Department of Agriculture’s woodland environmental fund (WEF), according to Minister Andrew Doyle.

The WEF is a scheme for businesses in Ireland to part-fund the creation of native woodlands in partnership with the State and landowners. Some 25,000 native oak, alder and birch trees were planted on a site in Co Galway and the initiative was supported by An Post.

The creation of new native woodlands is of growing interest given the rich environmental dividend they deliver

“Businesses in Ireland are seeking solutions to meet expanding climate, biodiversity and sustainability commitments, whilst also supporting national objectives,” said Minister Doyle. “The creation of new native woodlands is of growing interest given the rich environmental dividend they deliver. I want to congratulate An Post for choosing such a worthwhile project in which to invest.”

The aim of the scheme is to promote higher levels of native woodland to capture carbon and create habitats rich in biodiversity. This initiative combines input from Government, the business community and landowners, who will work together to help meet planting targets set out in the climate action plan.

Breakfast briefing

“My Department would like to invite businesses interested in supporting the establishment of native woodlands to a breakfast briefing event in Trinity College on Thursday 28 November. My Department will be available on the day to guide companies on how to become involved.”

Sean Canney, Minister for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development, also congratulated An Post for being the first business to support the establishment of a native woodland. “This forest was established with the help of funding from An Post as part of their ‘Post Eco’ sustainability action plan. Indeed, An Post is one of 12 leaders chosen by Government to drive forward Ireland’s progress towards the sustainable development goals.”

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