National Tree Planting Week reaches East Belfast

Tree Planting

The Connswater Community Greenway, Belfast City Council and Conservation Volunteers NI teamed up with local residents and volunteers to plant a stand of native trees in Dixon Playing Fields as part of National Tree week.

Since it was first held back in 1975, National Tree Planting week has developed into the UK’s largest annual tree event with upwards of 250,000 people nationwide getting together and planting approximately one million trees across the UK.

The Dixon Playing Fields tree planting represented an opportunity for people to get out into the park, learn more about the natural environment and also to take a measure of personal ownership in their parks and green spaces by planting their very own trees.

In all nearly 200 trees, ranging from Hazel and Crab Apple to Silver Birch, were planted by between 25 and 30 local residents who were joined at the event by local Councillors Robin Newton, MLA and Dr John Kyle. Conservation Volunteers NI provided both trees and expertise and ensured that the event was both fun and educational.

Speaking at the event Sean Brannigan, Community Engagement Officer for the CCG said “Events such as this not only improve the environment and encourage people out into the parks but also allow people to feel part of the park and we are delighted that so many turned out today. Through a series of events such as this we hope that local people will be encouraged to become more involved with the CCG project as we seek to deliver something that has the capacity to transform east Belfast”.