Ballyclare schoolchildren joined Newtownabbey Borough Council’s biodiversity officer at Sixmilewater Park on Wednesday, February 26 to lend a hand with a major tree planting project.
More than 100 children and teachers took part in the planting of additional native trees to increase woodland cover in the centre of the park.
“In 2009 a number of trees were planted by volunteers as part of a tree planting record breaking attempt in partnership with Woodland Trust. Despite the hard work of volunteers, no records were broken in 2009, however; the benefits for the local environment are still evident today,” a council spokesperson commented.
“The woodland area was further enhanced by the very enthusiastic and hardworking children from Tir na nOg and Ballyclare Primary Schools and Ballyclare Secondary School. The tree planting event was carried out in partnership with the Woodland Trust who provided the trees.”
As part of council’s commitment to the environment and improving the borough’s green spaces, other tree planting events are scheduled to take place in partnership with local schools at the Valley Park and Mossley Park during March.
For information contact Lindsay Houston at Newtownabbey Borough Council on 028 9034 0069.
• Inset picture: Andrew Foster and Jack Moore. INNT 10-022-FP
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