Council plants 100 trees to mark Northern Ireland’s centenary

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (LCCC) has planted 100 trees in a number of local parks and shared community spaces as part of their Northern Ireland centenary celebrations.

Thursday, 29th April 2021, 2:38 pm
LIsburn Mayor Councillor Nicholas Trimble with the Mayoress and Concillor Scott Carson planting trees at the Civic Centre
LIsburn Mayor Councillor Nicholas Trimble with the Mayoress and Concillor Scott Carson planting trees at the Civic Centre

Two of the trees were planted at Civic Headquarters at Lagan Valley Island by the Mayor and Chair of the Council’s Centenary Working Group.

According to a council document, £20,000 was spent on the Centenary programme event.

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Mayor, Councillor Nicholas Trimble said he was delighted that the trees had been planted.

Explaining the significance of the chosen trees, Mr Trimble said: “Red Twigged Lime trees were specially chosen because of their connection with the Stormont Estate where one hundred years ago, the same type of trees were planted along the main avenue.

“One hundred trees now connect our communities as they grow in Wallace Park, Lagan Valley Regional Park, Moat Park, Moira Demesne, Sir Milne Barbour Memorial Park and Carryduff Park, Aghalee Playing Fields and Stoneyford Play Park.

“I hope that in 100 years from now, these trees continue to grow tall and strong, symbolising all that is great about the people, culture and shared history of Northern Ireland.”

Chair of Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Cross Party Centenary Working Group, Councillor Scott Carson added: “I  am delighted with the programme we have developed to mark this important year.

“The planting of 100 trees not only marks the Centenary year, but supports biodiversity and further enhances our beautiful outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy.

“For me, these trees represent growth, prosperity and hope as we emerge from the effects of the pandemic and look towards brighter days ahead.”