Since January 2023, 32 schools in Antrim and Newtownabbey have planted oak trees on their premises in honour of the late Queen Elizabeth II, as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy project.
This initiative began last year as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and has been extended to include the autumn-to-spring tree-planting season, which ends this month. The latest tree planting took place in several schools, including Creavey Primary School, Thompson Primary School, Groggan Primary School, Carnmoney Primary School, Mossley Primary School, Whitehouse Primary School, Rathcoole Primary School, Parkhall Integrated High School and Glengormley Integrated High School.
The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating, “Planting trees is an excellent way for our children to commemorate the late Queen Elizabeth II. As a Council, we are also encouraging people in our schools, community groups, and businesses to join us in our One Million Trees initiative. It’s great to see our local schools making a lasting difference in their local environment as well as helping offset the effects of climate change.”
The Queen’s Green Canopy program and the Council’s One Million Trees initiative are inspiring local communities to make a difference to the environment. Community groups and businesses in the Borough are encouraged to support the One Million Trees Initiative, and those with a plot of land are invited to join the cause in 2023.
If you have recently planted a tree, you can help Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council reach their ambitious one million tree target by registering online at antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/plantatree. Help make a positive impact on the environment and create a greener future for generations to come.