Council backs The Queen’s tree planting initiative

Cllr Paul Reid

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council has agreed to support a tree planting initiative which is backed by The Queen.

A Notice of Motion was proposed and seconded by two Larne DUP councillors, Cllr Paul Reid Ald Gregg McKeen.

It said: “That we the Members of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council support the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) by planting trees in Ballymena, Carrickfergus and Larne.”

The QCC is a network of forest conservation initiatives, which involves all 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

Officials behind the QCC scheme say it ‘presents a rare opportunity to unite the whole Commonwealth family and save one of the world’s most important natural habitats – forests.

‘By creating a pan-Commonwealth network of forest conservation projects, the QCC will mark Her Majesty The Queen’s service to the Commonwealth while conserving indigenous forests for future generations,’ the QCC website says.

At the main August meeting of Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, Cllr Reid said forests were being lost around the world.

He said that as well as marking Her Majesty’s “life of service to the Commonwealth” the trees would also be a legacy to the next generation.

“By planting trees across Mid & East Antrim Borough we will help to raise the awareness of the value of forests and trees to our environment,” he added.

Alderman McKeen said the initiative fitted in with the council’s own bio-diversity strategy.

He said it would also give the council a chance to “show what Her Majesty The Queen means to us and the respect that we have for her. I think it is fitting that we do support this”.

Cllr Mark McKinty (Ulster Unionist) backed the scheme.

The Mayor, Carrickfergus Ulster Unionist councillor Lindsay Millar, said a show of hands from councillors to support the motion appeared unanimous to her.

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