Mallon gets tree-planting on World Earth Day

Date published: 22 April 2021


Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has joined in with tree-planting at a section of land on the M2.

Minister is pictured with Robin Kennedy from the Woodland Trust

Approximately 9,000 square metres of ground was planted out at the B57 Greystone Road, Antrim using a mix of Alder, Birch, Cherry, Oak and Rowan. This is the first part of this  tree-planting scheme, with more planned for the Autumn and is one of a number of schemes that the Department is working on with the Woodland Trust and other partners. There are tree-planting schemes on the Comber Greenway and Northern Ireland Water is planting one million trees across its estate.

Minister Mallon said:

“This is just one of many schemes that my Department is supporting in our combined effort to tackle the climate emergency. Climate Change is the single biggest environmental challenge confronting the world and there is an urgent need to ambitiously reduce emissions in order to tackle the climate emergency we face today.

“Planting native trees and woodlands is one of the most effective ways of dealing with this very real crisis. By doing so we will reduce carbon emissions and create a resilient environment for wildlife to prevent decline.  

“I am committed to playing my part in this very important work at this critical time for our environment. Two thousand five hundred new trees have been planted on this site, which is a small contribution to improve the air we breathe and the environment we live in.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. Minister Mallon is pictured with Robin Kennedy from the Woodland Trust.
  2. On the Comber Bypass 3,000 whip trees of the Birch, Cherry, Hazel, Lime and Rowan variety have been planted recently in partnership with Belfast City Council.
  3. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at: The Executive Information Service operates an out of hours service for media enquiries only between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
  4. Follow the Department on Twitter @deptinfra and on Facebook @DepartmentforInfrastructure.

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