Alderman Stewart McDonald officially launched National Tree Week 2017 by planting the first tree of the season at Ahoghill New Park.
Ald McDonald said “I was delighted to plant the first tree at Ahoghill New Park. There was a great turn out on the day and participants planted 220 native trees, such as hawthorn, blackthorn and hazel, as well as building Bee-licious bee hotels and bird boxes and enjoying hedgerow food and drink.”
“The community is very much looking forward to the development of this exciting new space and are keen to be involved along the way. I hope this site will flourish and provide a valuable resource for the community and local wildlife for many years.”
James Perry, Ahoghill in Bloom said “What a great turnout from groups and organisations right across the community, from local schools, the Young Famers Club, Ahoghill Patchwork Group, footballers, school children and our own Ahoghill in Bloom volunteers. The trees planted will become a free food resource for everyone in the community to harvest and enjoy. They will also add to the biodiversity of the area. We are very much looking forward to the next ‘plant out’ - one of best events we have had in the village!”
National Tree Week is the UK’s largest celebration of trees and the start of the winter tree planting season. As part of Tree Week celebrations, there are a range of free activities across Mid and East Antrim including coppicing and countryside crafts workshops, hedgelaying and wreath making. Staff will also be out planting hundreds of trees with school children and community groups.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Reid, concluded “Tree Week marks the beginning of the tree planting season which runs right through to February. I encourage citizens to celebrate trees at one of our free events, or simply get outdoors and enjoy the tremendous trees we already have in the Parks & Open Spaces in Mid and East Antrim Borough.”
“Citizens can also consider planting your own tree. Anyone can make a difference to their view and to biodiversity by adding a tree. Planting a tree is a very positive thing to do and is great fun, even in the depths of winter. There are plenty of reasons to get planting – it’s great exercise, children love it, and you’ll be making a valuable contribution to our local wildlife. Every tree counts.”