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Helping native hedges take root in Belfast Hills

Thousands of native trees will be taking root this Saturday as part of a new hedgerow initiative led by the Belfast Hills Partnership.

Volunteers and staff will create a wildlife corridor stretching for more than 800 metres and encompassing over 5,000 trees.

The event at Ballycolin Road will see people of all ages learning the traditional skills of native hedgerow planting.

Hawthorn, oak, alder, willow and rowan will be planted to help improve wildlife habitats in the Belfast Hills.

The event is being funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Links (NIEL) Challenge Fund, supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

It forms an important part of landscape scale work being undertaken by the Belfast Hills Partnership, which was recently awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1.15m.

Belfast Hills volunteer officer Freddie Harris said the hedgerow planting event will show people how to plant up their own wildlife habitats.

He added: “The Belfast Hills Partnership is looking to improve habitats and encourage wildlife corridors where birds and insects can live and thrive.”

For details on how to take part, visit www.belfasthills.org, call 028 9060 3466 or e-mail info@belfasthills.org.

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