On Saturday November 25 at the Scahill family farm in Balheary, Swords, a group of Enterprise Rent-A-Car employees planted the last batch of a 20,000 tree-planting pledge to celebrate 20 years of operations in Ireland. The initiative is part of the company’s global pledge to plant 50 million trees in 50 years across Europe and North America.
In Ireland, Enterprise has partnered with the charity project, Trees on the Land (formerly One Million Trees in One Day), to deliver the Irish element of its global tree planting project. Earlier this year, Enterprise and Trees on the Land arranged for tree-planting projects at a number of sites across Ireland encompassing new native woodland and coppice, hedgerows, orchards, shelter belts and agroforestry.
The tree-planting initiative at the Scahill family farm in Swords saw some 20 Enterprise employees, led by Managing Director, George O’Connor, plant a range of new native hedgerow trees and heritage Irish apple varieties.
George O’Connor, said: “We are delighted to have achieved our target of planting 20,000 trees as part of our celebrations of 20 years in Ireland. As a company that cares about the communities where we operate, we are immensely proud of this achievement and we sincerely thank Aidan Scahill and his family for the opportunity to plant these Irish hedgerow trees. Hedgerows are hugely important for adding to the diversity of Ireland’s flora and fauna and we are only too happy that our efforts are helping to extend Ireland’s rich hedgerows here in Swords, County Dublin.
“I would like to sincerely thank all of the Enterprise employees who gave up their Saturday to help out and, of course, our partners at Trees on the Land for their expert co-operation on this project. I encourage other businesses across Ireland to get involved with the charity and help protect our country’s environment,” O’Connor said.
The Enterprise Rent-A-Car 50 Million Tree Pledge was launched in 2007 to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary as a way of saying thank you to customers. It has been funded with a $50 million donation from Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s philanthropic arm, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation.
Picture caption: Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Mary McCamley and Cllr. Joe Newman of the Swords Woodlands Association (centre) joined the Enterprise Rent-A-Car volunteers at the Scahill family farm in Balheary where the team planted the last of 20,000 trees which the company pledged to plant across Ireland this year to mark 20 years of business in the country.