Tree Week backed by Mid and East Antrim Borough’s Mayor

Photo: Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Councillor Billy Ashe, pictured with Austin Heron of the Carrickfergus Community Cultivators, supporting Tree Week 2015
Photo: Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Councillor Billy Ashe, pictured with Austin Heron of the Carrickfergus Community Cultivators, supporting Tree Week 2015

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough, Councillor Billy Ashe, is supporting the 2015 National Tree Week and is encouraging everyone to celebrate trees.

He said: “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.”

The Tree Council’s National Tree Week is the UK’s largest celebration of trees and the start of the winter tree planting season. The first‐ever National Tree Week was held in 1975 to make Britain more tree‐conscious, encourage tree planting and promote awareness of the importance of proper care and maintenance of trees.

Pauline Buchanan Black, director‐general of The Tree Council, said: “From joining activities and meeting neighbours, to planting a tree of their own, we aim to inspire people to grow not only new, healthy trees but together, grow the recognition that working together makes more sense than working alone and grow a more favourable environment for both people and trees.

“Communities can take action by planting trees or tending the trees they already have or raising tree awareness through woodland walks, fairs, workshops and local events.”

Upcoming MEA events as part of the National Tree Week 2015:

Hedge Laying Workshop, Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead, Saturday 28 November, 10am-1pm. Hedge laying is a traditional land management technique, come and learn an ancient skill at this practical workshop.

Tree Dressing Day, Bashfordsland Wood, Carrickfergus, Saturday 5 December, 2pm-4pm. A celebration of trees. Arts and crafts, biodiversity activities and wreath making. Meeting at Oakfield Community Centre, Oakfield Drive, Carrickfergus.

Local school children will also be taking part in a tree planting days across the borough, including tree planting at Carrickfergus Mill Ponds. They will be planting native tree species to boost the biodiversity of MEA’s newest nature reserve.