2023 opened with a total of 1,800 trees being planted across several schools in Belfast as part of the One Million Trees project.

Imagine a city with one million trees…

What would that look like?

How much different would Belfast be?

We have a feeling we won’t be relying on imagination for much longer thanks to the enthusiastic eco warriors from schools across Belfast! Belfast Hills Partnership have been out planting trees at schools across Belfast as part of the One Million Trees project. The enthusiasm of students was very apparent, with some students managing to plant as much as 5 trees in just one session!

We were out with over 250 pupils from Ballysillan Primary School and Nursery, St Teresa’s Primary School, Bunscoil An tSléibhe Dhuibh, St Teresa’s Nursery, Arellian Nursery, and St Oliver Plunkett Primary School. Each class had a chance to learn about the value of trees and their many benefits such as improving air quality, providing a home for many different birds and animals, and helping to tackle climate change.

Driven by Belfast City Council, the One Million Trees project is a key programme to support climate adaptation across the city. It is a collaboration between public, private and voluntary sector partners.

Check out some pictures from the school tree planting sessions below.