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Treemendous local efforts for tree week

Friday 7 December 2018

Schools, community groups and volunteers across the Borough have come out to support National Tree Week, the UK’s biggest annual festival of trees. Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has supported National Tree Week, a Tree Council initiative, for many years, this year the campaign ran from 24 November through to 2 December, with a wide range of events across the Borough.

Cllr Lindsay Millar, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, said “A big thank you to everyone who got involved in a range of tree planting and management activities for Tree Week this year.

Over 120 school children from Linn PS, Olderfleet PS, Whitehead PS, Dunclug PS, St Colmcille’s PS, Braidside IPS and Ballymena PS came out and planted hundreds of native trees at Carnfunnock County Park, Diamond Jubilee Wood, The People’s Park and Ballymena North.

The Base Kilcreggan and Silverstream PS helped out with essential orchard weeding and mulching at Carrickfergus Mill Ponds and Greenisland Community Orchard. The Ballymoney Scouts along with volunteers were hedgelaying at Diamond Jubilee Wood and Larne Allotment Holders were coppicing and creating willow hurdles at Larne Allotment Gardens.

Rosie Tweedie, teacher at Silverstream PS, said “The pupils loved learning about native apple trees and all the insects and birds that live in the orchard. They were especially delighted to find some unusual mushrooms and to use all the tools. We were so pleased to be involved in maintaining the orchard and we will be coming back in Autumn to harvest apples!”

Cllr Millar continued “Trees are so important to our landscape and Council is committed to promoting the importance of trees, and providing opportunities for people to get involved in tree planting and management.

Trees can improve air quality by producing oxygen, storing carbon, moderating the effects of sun and wind, and they clean the air by trapping dust, pollen and other pollutants. Trees provide food and shelter for wildlife such as birds, squirrels and bugs, as well as for people, and trees have been proven to increase property value and to help relax us by lowering heart rates and reducing stress.

Tree planting season continues throughout the winter through to March. Planting trees is one of the easiest and most sustainable ways to positively affect the environment, so why not get out and plant a tree yourself? Consider planting native species such as oak, elder, and hawthorn, our local wildlife will thank you for it.”

Free native tree packs are currently available to schools and community groups via The Woodland Trust. For more information visit The Woodland Trust website.