Councillors in Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have shown their full support for the tree planting programme ‘MEA4Trees’.
It is proposed the new initiative will seek to engage local communities to plant 56,000 trees in the Borough over the next six years.
This figure means there will be a tree planted for every household in Mid and East Antrim.
Council have already secured 100 cherry trees through the Japanese Embassy as part of the ‘Sakura Cherry Tree Planting Project’ for the scheme.
Ahoghill New Park has been identified as a potential location for the cherry trees.
From 2019 until 2025 the trees will be planted on existing Parks and Open Spaces sites and within towns and villages, making the best use of space available within the Borough.
Director of Operations, Philip Thompson, said: “Our borough is well-known for its green spaces. This tree planting initiative will ensure those spaces are made better for everyone.
“Trees are good for people and the environment.
“They improve air quality by producing oxygen, storing carbon, moderating the effects of sun and wind, and they clean the air by trapping dust, pollen and other pollutants.
“Investment in this initiative is essential to ensure residents, visitors and businesses alike benefit and thrive from the presence of trees.”
Trees planted will be native species such as oak, elder, hazel, hawthorn and birch.