Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis has announced the supplier for the Centenary ‘Trees for Schools’ initiative led by the Northern Ireland Office, 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:
Owner of Craigmore Trees Mark Wilson, whose Co Armagh tree nursery has been in business for over 20 years, said:
Principal of Bangor Central Integrated Primary School Peter Campbell said:
The Centenary trees will be delivered to all schools who choose to apply. Delivery will take place between October and December. A brochure is being sent out to schools, with those who wish to take part asked to email their contact details and choice of tree to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 1 October.