Trees for schools
On 24 June 2021, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis announced the supplier for the NIO’s Centenary trees initiative, which will see over 1,100 schools in Northern Ireland offered a native tree for planting to mark the Centenary year.
The local Northern Ireland supplier will be Portadown company Craigmore Trees, who will offer schools a range of native trees to choose from including alder, birch, crab apple, ornamental cherry, rowan and oak.
Each tree will be accompanied by a special plaque, and will grow and mature in the years to come, acting as a reminder for future generations of this significant year for the people of Northern Ireland and the whole UK.
The awarding of the contract comes not only in Northern Ireland’s Centenary year but also in the year in which the UK Government will host COP 26 in Glasgow. This November, COP 26 will see the UK host the UN climate change conference, where world leaders will meet with the aim to agree how to tackle the urgent threat of global climate change.
Welcoming today’s announcement, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis said: