Around 400 participants made the sustainable decision to sponsor the planting of a tree at registration of the 2021 EcoTrail Wicklow. Those trees are now being planted by Wicklow Wolf’s Hop farm on four acres of land adjoining their hop farm owned by the premium beer producer on the slopes of Djouce Mountains.
Only Irish native trees are being planted and those include Oaks (Quercus robur and Quercus petraea), Alders (Alnus glutinosa), Scott’s Pines (Pinus sylvestris) and birch trees (Betula pendula). The objective is to help offset carbon while at the same time create 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 Lynch, who co-owns Wicklow Wolf Brewing Co., has been very busy with the planting of the trees. He says: “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”
For more info on EcoTrail Wicklow go to http://wicklow.ecotrail.com
For more info on Wicklow Wolf, go to http://wicklowwolf.com