Trees for schools
Over 450 Northern Ireland schools applied for a tree as part of the NIO’s Trees for Schools initiative. Earlier in 2021, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis announced the major scheme, which saw all local schools offered a native tree for planting this autumn. Hundreds of schools have chosen their preferred tree, from a range including alder, birch, crab apple, ornamental cherry, rowan and oak.
The trees were supplied by Portadown based Craigmore Trees, with cherry and crab apple trees having proven to be the most popular choices. Delivery began in October 2021, with all schools receiving their tree by the end of the year. Every school also received a special plaque marking each tree’s significance and acting as a reminder for future generations of this significant year for the people of Northern Ireland.
The Trees for Schools initiative was held in the year in which the UK Government hosted COP 26. In November 2021, while many schools were planting their special trees, world leaders met in Glasgow to work together to tackle climate change and help protect the earth for future generations.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis said: