A Tyrone GAA club has put down firm environmental roots in an effort to tackle climate change.
Last week, members of Strabane Sigersons came together to plant 120 trees as part of the year-long GAA Green Club initiative.
The Sigersons are one of 45 pilot clubs taking part in the initiative which is a collaboration with Derry City & Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council, Sustainable NI, Ulster GAA and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.
The Strabane club have also expanded the Green Club initiative to encompass the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Programme, which involves youth members developing strategies and plans to improve the local environment focusing on the themes of sustainable energy and waste reduction.
Ciaran McLaughlin who is Sigersons’ Green Club officer said, “The Green Club’s initiative has the potential to be a real catalyst for change, harnessing the energy and enthusiasm of not just our young players on the pitch but also drawing in club officials, members and their families whilst fostering their interest in all matters environmental.”
Cathy Burns who is the climate programme manager with Derry and Strabane Council, praised the work of the club and the project.
“I am delighted to see local sports clubs getting behind the NW Climate Action Plan and channeling the interest and energy of their members into environmental initiatives,” she said.
“Sports pitches are included amongst Council’s Natural Capital Account assets that we all enjoy for recreation and leisure, and the work the club have been doing will enhance the surroundings for everyone.
“I look forward to seeing the development of the Green Club toolkit and hopefully the extension of the Green Club pilot to all GAA clubs across the country.”
The tree planting project was made possible with support from Derry City & Strabane District Council’s tree officer with the trees kindly supplied through Department for Community’s Warm Well and Connected (WWC) Programme.
The project aligns with the objectives and approach of the multi-agency North West Climate Action Plan, currently under development.