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Council staff share the love at Valentine’s Day tree planting

Press release   •   Feb 14, 2020 14:44 GMT

Staff from Mid & East Antrim Borough Council’s Corporate Services Directorate took advantage of the dry Valentines’s Day afternoon to engage in Council’s MEA4Trees initiative whereby Council aims to plant 56,000 trees across the borough.

Love was well and truly in the air today as staff from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council donned their wellies and showed just how much they care for the environment by planting trees as part of a Team Building Day!

The #MEA4TREES initiative, which is being undertaken by Council and the Woodland Trust, was launched in November 2019 and pledges that 56,000 native trees – one for every household in the borough – will be planted over the next five years.

Staff from Council’s Corporate Services Directorate chose Valentine’s Day to share their love for the project and make a positive contribution to improving air quality and protecting the local environment for generations to come.

The trees were planted at the Ecos Centre, which is home to around 220 acres of parkland on the outskirts of Ballymena, and include a variety of native species.

Council also supports the ‘One Million Trees in One Day’ initiative, which is a cross-border programme working to establish young, native trees across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

The aim of the scheme is to provide simple ways for landowners to access quality native tree mixes and foster tree cover and woodland in rural and urban areas.

You can find out more about how to plant trees on your land or help with donations at www.treesontheland.com

More information on the #MEA4TREES initiative is available at www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk

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