In September 2021 around 400 participants in the Wicklow EcoTrail made the sustainable decision to sponsor the planting of a tree during their registration.
At the beginning of February we planted more than 400 trees at the Wicklow Wolf Hop Farm located in Roundwood on the slopes of Djouce Mountain. Only Irish native trees were planted including Oaks (Quercus Robur and Quercus Petraea), Alders (Alnus Glutinosa), Scott’s Pines (Pinus Sylvestris) and Birch trees (Betula Pendula). The objective of this planting is to help offset carbon while simultaneously creating a new natural habitat for local flora and fauna to thrive.
“We are extremely thankful to all participants that are making this project possible through their sponsorship” says Paul Mahon, EcoTrail Wicklow Race Director.
“With the support of Wicklow Wolf, we are increasing the sustainability of EcoTrail Wicklow, while giving back to the fabulous playground that is County Wicklow.”
Simon has been very busy with the planting of the trees:
“This project demonstrates our intent to be as sustainable as possible and that is what makes our partnership with EcoTrail Wicklow so valuable, we are delighted with the support from participants of this super race. Our objective is to plant more than 700 trees on our land over the next few weeks adding to over 2,500 trees already planted. It will take many decades to fully mature, but I truly hope to be able to walk under the young canopy in the next 20 years and all going well see red squirrels leaping between the trees. We are so very privileged to work, live and run in such a stunningly beautiful county as Wicklow each one of us has a responsibility to protect and enhance it”.