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Alison Diver from Carrickfergus Borough Council with Oakfield Primary School pupils Chloe and Alex helping to plant over 100 young native trees at Bashfordlands Wood. INCT 15-006-PSB

Alison Diver from Carrickfergus Borough Council with Oakfield Primary School pupils Chloe and Alex helping to plant over 100 young native trees at Bashfordlands Wood. INCT 15-006-PSB

Over 100 native trees have been planted at Carrick’s Bashfordsland Wood by schoolchildren as part of a new conservation scheme.

Oakfield Primary School pupils pulled on their wellies to plant hazel, birch, alder, willow, blackthorn, cherry and Scots pine.

They were taking part in a Conservation Volunteers initiative, sponsored by Northern Ireland Electricity, which will see over 1,000 trees added at five sites across Northern Ireland.

Conservation Volunteers group leader Rachel Bolt said: “As part of the scheme we intend to plant a variety of native Irish trees to enhance the woodland’s diversity and to increase the recreational interest of this public amenity.

“We’re very lucky to have some help from Oakfield Primary School pupils and it is great that they are so eager to get stuck in and get their hands dirty.”

Trevor Harron, vegetation manager at NIE, said supporting community projects was part of the firm’s ethos and tree maintenance teams are involved in the planting.

He added: “In our line of work safety always comes first and during the year we ensure thousands of kilometres of overheard electricity network are clear of any vegetation growing beside it.

“It’s great to see so many new native trees being planted, helping to replace those cut down because of our overhead line refurbishment and vegetation management programmes.

“It is great that young people are involved in the project, encouraging them to learn more about things we sometimes take for granted, the electricity we use and the environment around us.”

 
 
 

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