Trees for schools
Over 400 Northern Ireland schools have applied for a tree as part of the NIO’s Trees for Schools initiative. Earlier this year, 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 now chosen their preferred tree, from a range including alder, birch, crab apple, ornamental cherry, rowan and oak.
The trees are being supplied by Portadown based Craigmore Trees, with cherry and crab apple trees having proven to be the most popular choices. Delivery has begun, and all schools will receive their tree between now and December. Every school will also receive 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 takes place in the year in which the UK Government hosts COP 26. In November, while many schools are planting their special trees, world leaders will meet 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: