Council supports National Tree Week taking place from 28 November – 6 December 2020

30th November 2020

Group photo   Tree planting

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is once again making a ‘tree-mendous’ effort for National Tree Week (28th November – 6th December 2020) and beyond into 2021, by partnering with Woodland Trust and Forest Service NI to plant 4500 native trees across the Council estate. 

Speaking at Glencunny Amenity Site, Enniskillen, where more native trees and some heritage apple trees have just been planted, Vice Chair Cllr John Coyle said, 

“Woodland cover across Northern Ireland is only 8% and of that small figure, only 40% is broad-leafed. We must do more to increase this figure. Woodlands are vital not only to support biodiversity, but also help lock up carbon dioxide to combat climate change and stabilize the ground, reducing flooding and soil erosion. There is an onus on all of us to contribute to improving the environment. The Council is committed to an extensive tree planting programme throughout the district.” 

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is encouraging community groups, schools and individuals to get involved to help create a cleaner greener environment by planting their own trees. 

Details of tree planting programmes which the public can get involved in are listed below; 

  • Get free trees for your school or community group through the Woodland Trust woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/free-trees/ 
  • Contact the Woodland Trust to find out more about the More Trees More Good scheme which helps landowners plant their own woodland woodlandtrust.org.uk/plant-trees/large-scale/ 
  • The “Trees on the Land” programme is closed for applications this year, but register on their mailing list and be ready for planting next winter www.treesontheland.com/plant-trees-2021 

Alternatively why not collect some acorns or hazelnuts from a local wood and grow your own trees as nature intended! 

For more information on Tree Planting in your local community, contact the Council’s Biodiversity Officer, on 0300 303 1777, textphone 028 8225 6216 or email biodiversity@fermanaghomagh.com. 

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