Source: Northern Ireland – City of Derry
23 October 2020
Derry City and Strabane District Council, in partnership with the Department for Communities, have begun the planting of 80 trees at the recently revamped St Columb’s Park Avenue.
The project will include semi-mature native hornbeam trees which will further enhance the entrance to St Columbs Park House.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Councillor Brian Tierney performed the turning of the sod on the first trees. “The planting of these beautiful trees at the gateway to the park will further enhance this majestic avenue which opened last summer after a major redevelopment.
“Not only will this trees improve the look and feel of the area but can also improve the local environment and air quality, helping adapt to climate change by absorbing rainfall and offering shade during heat waves.
“This is all linked to our innovative Green Infrastructure Plan which places a clear emphasis on the importance of improving our green spaces so we can build a more sustainable region for everyone and is in keeping with the commitments set out in our Strategic Growth Plan to protect, promote and develop green spaces.”
Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “It is great to see the addition of 80 native trees to this outstanding Park which has provided a welcome space for all to exercise and enjoy during these difficult times.
“The further regeneration of the park through the tree planting will provide a lasting legacy for generations and improve our quality of life on a social, community and environmental level. As the trees mature they will increase the attractiveness of the park as well as support and provide habitats for hundreds of species”.
The initiative will be delivered thanks to funding from the Department for Communities in close collaboration between Council, St Columb’s Park House and the Acorn Fund and is a key element of the positive regeneration work been carried out at St Columb’s Park that saw the completion of the new formal avenue and restoration of the Walled Garden last year.
Sharon Doherty, Operations Manager at St Columb’s Park House said: “The new Avenue that leads down to St Columbs Park House has created a very grand entrance to the both the House and the Park.
“The addition of trees to line the Avenue will further enhance the aesthetic of the entrance and will put the finishing touches to an already beautiful gateway to the greater park.
“2019 brought some fantastic new developments and a sizeable investment in the infrastructure of the Park with the new Avenue and the opening of the newly restored Walled Garden. These new developments have enabled us at St Columbs Park House to welcome many more participants to enjoy our programmes and activities.”
Acorn Fund Development Officer Shauna Kelpie said the planting of trees at the park would further enhance and complement the recently completed Walled Garden project and associated regeneration works at Columb’s Park House and the wider St Columb’s Park grounds.
She said: “The Acorn Fund is delighted to be a partner in the Park’s development given that health, wellbeing and sustainability are all important issues in our society. We are delighted that a tree planting initiative is being included as part of this project.”
For more on Council’s Parks and Open Spaces visit derrystrabane.com/parks.