Champion Christmas tree grower, Christy Kavanagh from Wicklow is making a donation to the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation
for every Christmas tree sold by Kavanagh Christmas Tree at three sales locations in Leopardstown Racecourse, Kilruddery in Bray Co. Wicklow and via Kilcroney Furniture also in Bray in the countdown to Christmas. Christy has committed to a minimum donation of €3,000 to the Jack & Jill Foundation which will fund 188 hours of home nursing care for children from birth to 4 years old supported by the charity.
“We’ve guaranteed Jack & Jill a minimum donation of €3,000 through this partnership, but it could be up to €5,000 depending on the number of trees we sell in the countdown to Christmas. We take our trees very seriously at Kavanagh’s and growing the perfect tree takes more than planting a tree and hoping for the best. When people buy a real Christmas tree, carefully grown and cultured locally, there is that extra special knowledge that they are supporting nature and the environment.” – Christy Kavanagh
“We met Christy through the Christmas Tree Growers Association and we’re delighted that Kavanagh Christmas Trees have chosen Jack & Jill as a charity partner and we hope the link with Jack & Jill helps Christy and his team to sell more of these wonderful Christmas trees while also supporting home nursing care hours for sick children, with every €16 raised funding one hour of home nursing care for a sick child. We want to urge our families, friends and supporters to consider a Kavanagh Christmas Tree this year and we know they won’t be disappointed with the quality. Meanwhile, we want to thank Christy for committing to donate a minimum of €3,000 to Jack & Jill. Thank you.” – Jonathan Irwin
Wicklow grower, Christy Kavanagh, won the crown of Christmas Tree Grower Supreme Champion 2014 in the national Christmas tree growing competition. This is the fifth time that Christy has received the accolade for his Nordmann Fir range in the annual competition organized by the Christmas Tree Growers Association. As an experienced and avid grower, he is enthusiastic about the benefits real Christmas Trees bring to the celebrations, noting that the Nordmann Fir is the most popular type of tree, accounting for 75% of trees sold in Ireland. Real Irish Christmas trees are environmentally friendly as they can be recycled, while the land used for growing them can be replanted or returned to traditional agriculture.
Kavanagh Trees are part of the Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association which represents the major body of producers and suppliers of top grade Christmas Trees in Ireland, with over 100 members nationwide. Ireland has developed a solid reputation for the production of high quality trees for both the domestic and export Christmas tree market. Bord Bia estimates that approximately 500,000 trees will be harvested this year by Irish growers, 300,000 for the home market and 200,000 for export, mainly to the UK.