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Tree cheers for Olive and Andy's plan

January 31st, 2019 11:55 AM

By Jackie Keogh

Olive Finn and Andy Beattie are planting 1,000 on behalf of their customers. (Photo: Richie Tyndall)

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A CLONAKILTY couple have decided to plant 1,000 native trees as a ‘thank you’ to their customers.

Instead of offering the usual discount on December 8th, the traditional pre-Christmas shopping day, Andy Beattie and Olive Finn, the owners of The Olive Branch health food emporium and Twig-Refill minimal waste store, offered to plant a tree on behalf of every customer who spent €10 or more that day.

They also added to the order themselves and on Sunday, February 3rd next they, and a group of volunteers, will set about planting the native trees at Manch Estate in Ballineen.

The event is also their way of marking the official launch on August 9th last of the Twig-Refill store – which is the first of its kind in West Cork – as well as ‘giving back to the land.’ 

Olive said the work – which is being carried out in association with the wonderful Green Economy Foundation – promises to be ‘a day of dirt, foil, fun and gratification.’ 

On the day, Olive said: ‘We will be doing under-planting, which means planting new, native trees in between trees that are a hundred-years-old to bring new life to the earth.

‘We don’t expect to get all of the 1,000 trees planted on the day, but we aim to finish the project with the co-operation of the Green Economy Foundation.’ 

Anyone who would like to participate, can contact The Olive Branch on 023 8835711, and the enlisted volunteers will gather at 11am on February 3rd at Spiller’s Lane in Clonakilty.

Olive said: ‘It is very much a case of don’t forget your shovel if you want to go to work, but, closer to the time, we will be advising people about what they will need to bring, such as rain gear, gloves, wellies etc.’ Children are welcome, but no pets or dogs, please.

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