Council urges residents to get planting for a tremendous Tree Week

Monday 13 November 2017

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is calling on residents to celebrate the value of trees and plant more as part of National Tree Week.

Mayor Paul Reid with Jackie Waide from the Parks and Open Spaces team

The Tree Council initiative runs from 25 November to 3 December this year, with a wide range of events across the Borough.

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Paul Reid said, “The presence of trees in our parks, open spaces, towns and cities add value to our lives every day. They not only create a habitat for all sorts of wildlife, but provide services to humans too. We get food, fuel and building resources from them, they help prevent flooding, clean our air and water supplies and conserve energy.

“During Tree Week in Mid and East Antrim there will be something for everyone to get involved with, from wreath making, to coppicing and a celebration of the hedgerow. Staff will be out planting hundreds of trees with schools and community groups and we are launching our Tree Week celebrations with a Big Community Plant out in Ahoghill.”

Each year, The Tree Council’s National Tree Week inspires around a quarter of a million people to show they value trees by getting their hands dirty and planting up to a million more.

It marks the onset of the winter tree planting season, but for those who don't have the opportunity to plant a tree, there are plenty of other ways to get involved in accessible and fun tree related events taking place across the country.

James Perry, Ahoghill in Bloom, said, “This is a great opportunity for people from across the local area to get involved in this exciting initiative. The big 'Plant Out' in Ahoghill will take place beside the Community Centre which will hopefully become part of a new park for the village.

“We would encourage as many people as possible to come along between 11am and 2pm. You can plant your very own tree and get involved in other activities such as building nest boxes and foraging.”

Pauline Buchanan Black, Director-General of The Tree Council, said, “Whichever way people choose to mark the occasion, National Tree Week is a great time for individuals, communities and families across the UK to recognise and celebrate the value of trees. For too long, their huge economic and environmental value has been understated and National Tree Week is the time to turn that around.”

“Everyone with a place to plant a tree can grow their own and watch it develop for the next generation. The value it adds, to the earth, to the pocket and to the heart, will form a legacy that can be widely appreciated by everyone, even those not yet born.”

Event Details:

  • Big Community Plant Out, Saturday 18 November, 11am to 2pm, Ahoghill New Park, accessed via Ahoghill Community Centre
  • Wreath Making, Saturday 25 November, 11am to 1pm, Dixon Park Larne
  • Coppicing and Countryside Crafts, Sunday 26 November, 11am to 2pm, Ecos Nature Park Ballymena
  • Celebrate the Christmas Hedgerow, Sunday 3 December, 11am to 2pm, Diamond Jubilee Wood Whitehead