Over the last year TCV has been working in partnership with Northern Ireland Electricity to create five areas of new woodland around Northern Ireland. In the 2013/14 planting season we planted two areas of trees in Bangor and Carrickfergus.
During early 2015 we planted a further three new areas of woodland at Gransha Hospital in Derry/Londonderry; Christie Park in Coleraine and Orchard Farm Football Club at Tempo in County Fermanagh.
Over 2,000 native trees were planted at the five sites across Northern Ireland. A wide selection of native trees were planted including hazel, birch, alder, willow, blackthorn, cherry and Scots pine.
Barbara Boardman, Director of TCV said:
This is an excellent project and a great way to involve local people in improving the environment. We are delighted to be once again working with NIE and pleased to be part of the development of different community sites across Northern Ireland.
Alistair Usher, NIE Environment Officer, is pleased the company is involved in helping stimulate new tree growth, well away from the electricity network! Alastair joined in the planting at Tempo, saying:
Supporting community projects has always been part of NIE's ethos, and I'm delighted to lend a hand to plant trees here in Tempo. In our line of work safety always comes first and during the year we ensure thousands of kilometres of overhead electricity network are clear of any vegetation growing beside it. It's great to see so many new native trees being planted, helping replace those cut back because of our overhead line refurbishment and vegetation management programmes.
We also welcome the involvement of young people in these planting projects, and the local primary school will continue the planting on site this week. Hopefully this will encourage them to learn more about things we sometimes take for granted, the electricity we use and the environment around us.