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Local Young People Help to Enhance Biodiversity in Lagan Park

Local Young People Help to Enhance Biodiversity in Lagan Park

November 17, 2017

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council recently joined up with local young people from Dromara Primary School, Dromara, St Michael's Primary School, and Finnis & Dromara Youth Group to enhance biodiversity in Lagan Park, Dromara.

Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Leisure & Community Development Committee and Councillor Uel Mackin joined the young people to plant a native species-rich hedgerow, which promotes and enhances biodiversity within this council park.

Speaking about this community initiative, Alderman James Tinsley, said: “It is very important that local biodiversity is conserved as it is important to our health and well-being. Biodiversity provides us with everything we need - food, clothes, medicines and materials for building houses.  The Council has a Local Biodiversity Action Plan which involves working with schools and community groups to undertake biodiversity projects such as this one.

“The planting of a species-rich hedgerow is important as it supports a wide variety of invertebrates, mammals and birds as well as a diverse range of plants in its understorey and ground layers. Once the hedge is established it will provide a valuable nesting, roosting and forging habitat for a range of declining bird species.”

The Council would like to thank everyone who attended the planting session and it will endeavour to roll out further environmental projects in Lagan Park.