TWO trees have been planted in landmark areas in Cork city to mark World Mental Health Day.
A sapling was planted in the grounds of UCC, to replace an old storm-damaged beech tree, to promote the themes of hope and renewal for those affected by suicide and health challenges.
The second tree was planted in the Tank Field on Murmont Road, and both events were supported by the Cork City Darkness into Light committee.
The tree plantings, which took place on Saturday, were part of a nationwide mental health awareness project undertaken with Coillte.
The tree planted in UCC's grounds replaced a tree that was 100 years old.
The interim president of UCC, John O'Halloran, said: “It’s important to do what we can to support body and mind. People, not just our own students, need support and I advise everybody to check out the ‘keep well’ pages on our website for tips and resources about how to manage in these difficult times.”
The Lord Mayor, Cllr Joe Kavanagh, attended the ceremony in the Tank Field, with the Lady Mayoress, Stephanie Kavanagh.
He said: "Well done to the committees behind this tree-planting. It’s important that our communities in the city know there are services there to help them. Planting trees is a powerful symbol of caring and action.”
Former Lord Mayor, Cllr Mick Finn, is a member of the Cork city Darkness into Light organising committee.
He said: “To be able to have new beginnings after a storm is a message full of hope and this underpins the work and ethos of Pieta House who are always there to help, in all weathers. The planting and cultivation of a new, delicate tree in the grounds of our historic university - where a recent storm felled a much stronger specimen - reflects the challenges that young people, students and adults face in everyday life but there is reassurance that there is always help to carry on.”