Team members from Fairyhouse Racecourse, Levy Ireland and Horse Racing Ireland joined forces on Wednesday to partake in the community driven ‘100 Million Trees Project’.

The ‘100 Million Trees Project’ is an initiative developed by brothers Richard & David Mulcahy, with the aim being to reverse the environmental damage caused by the reduction of forests worldwide.

As part of their sustainability policy, Fairyhouse Racecourse’s catering partner, Levy Ireland, has committed to a climate net zero target by 2027 through 80% of carbon emissions decarbonised and the remaining 20% of carbon emissions neutralised through high quality carbon projects in the UK and Ireland.

“Fairyhouse is delighted to have the opportunity to partner with Levy Ireland and the “Million Tree Project”, in this exciting venture,” said Fairyhouse General Manager Peter Roe.

“Sustainability has become a focus for everyone, and this is particularly the case for Fairyhouse. We have selected a site overlooking the 2nd last fence, to ensure this initiative will always be front and centre as we strive to lower our carbon footprint.”

“We at the million-tree project are delighted to have the opportunity to plant 2500 native Irish tree mini first at the wonderful Fairyhouse Racecourse and with the kind sponsorship of Levy Ireland,” said Project Co-Founder David Mulcahy. The mini forest will consist of 13 different native tree species, and hopefully will stand for many decades (and beyond) as a small contribution towards looking after our wonderful but under threat natural world.”

“Horse Racing Ireland is investing time and resources in building strong sustainability foundations within our organisation, with a complete sustainability strategy to be launched in early December,” added Victor Quinlan, Capital Projects and Environmental Sustainability Lead at HRI.

“Our vision is to drive and support the industry to become a recognised leader in sustainability. The ‘100 Million Trees Project’ is a great initiative, enhancing biodiversity at our racecourses and we hope that Fairyhouse will be the first of many racecourses to participate in this project.”