Glanbia tree planting

Glanbia Ireland achieves 100,000 tree-planting target 12 months early

Glanbia Ireland and its farm family suppliers have achieved their Operation Biodiversity target of planting 100,000 native trees and hedgerow plants one year ahead of schedule.

John Murphy, Chairman of Glanbia Ireland and Glanbia Co-op said: “Our farm family suppliers have demonstrated strong commitment to sustainability action by embracing the Operation Biodiversity initiative with great gusto.

“We pledged to plant 100,000 native trees and hedgerows in two years. It was one of several on-farm commitments also included in our ‘Living Proof’ sustainability strategy. Today, we are delighted to report we have reached this target - a full year ahead of schedule.

“Our farm family suppliers and customers have embraced this initiative and joined us on our Living Proof sustainability journey. 

“This will ensure that we continue to better serve our communities, farmers and colleagues for this generation and the next generation to come. We want our farm family suppliers and our customers to celebrate this decision and mark it by planting a native tree in their garden or on the farm.”

Operation Biodiversity

The latest stage of the Operation Biodiversity programme continues for 2022.

Hedgerows are important homes where flora and fauna can thrive. Vibrant hedgerows on farms provide wildlife corridors for many of the insects, birds and mammals that are such a help to the farming operations. They also provide much needed shelter for grazing animals. Pockets of trees on farms play their part in removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow and so all help to combat climate change.

When it comes to our herds, our cows spend most of the year outside grazing on acres of rich and plentiful grass. Our average farm size is 200 acre and each farm on average has one cow every 2 acres. 

At Glanbia Ireland, we believe that by working together we can really make a difference. We want to help protect nature and allow biodiversity to thrive, leaving our landscape in even better shape for the next generation.