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Local pupils do their bit for the environment

05 December 2016

Pupils of Kings Park Primary School who took part in the tree planting project.

The cold weather certainly didn’t put some of our local primary school pupils off last week as they got their hats and gloves on to take part in some tree planting.

Pupils from Kilbride Central Primary School braved the cold on the hills of Kilbride to plant apples trees in the orchard at Kilbride Cemetery.  Thanks to the hard work of the P6 pupils, the orchard has now doubled in size. They also refurbished the ‘bug hotel’ ensuring the creepy crawlies survive the winter months.

Kings Park Primary School were slightly more fortunate with the weather, as the sun shone for them as they carried out some enhancement works close to their school, planting over 500 native trees. These trees will now provide a habitat for local wildlife in the area.

Lindsay Houston, Biodiversity Officer with the Council commented; “These planting projects are part of the Council’s regular efforts to increase tree cover in our parks and open spaces. It’s great to see the school children and teachers enjoying getting their hands dirty and learning more about our local diversity.”

For more information on biodiversity in the Borough contact our Biodiversity Officers or log onto www.antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk/biodiversity