Big Community Plant Out in Ahoghill

National Tree Week 2017 was officially launched at Ahoghill New Park with the planting of a new native hedgerow.

Participants planted 220 native trees, such as hawthorn, blackthorn and hazel, as well as building Bee-licious bee hotels and bird boxes and enjoying hedgerow food and drink. This native hedgerow will provide valuable food and shelter for pollinators and other species.

James Perry, Ahoghill in Bloom, said “What a great turnout from groups and organisations right across the community, from local schools, the Young Famers Club, Ahoghill Patchwork Group, footballers, school children and our own Ahoghill in Bloom volunteers.  They will also add to the biodiversity of the area. We are very much looking forward to the next ‘plant out’ – one of best events we have had in the village!”

The community is very much looking forward to the development of this exciting new green space and are keen to be involved along the way.  The site will flourish and provide a valuable resource for the community and local wildlife for many years.

National Tree Week is the UK’s largest celebration of trees and the start of the winter tree planting season. As part of Tree Week celebrations, there are a range of free activities across Mid and East Antrim including coppicing and countryside crafts workshops, hedgelaying and wreath making. Staff will also be out planting hundreds of trees with school children and community groups.