Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has introduced Glenarm Forest as Northern Eire’s first accredited Queen’s Commonwealth Cover (QCC) conservation forest.
Minister Poots mentioned: “Northern Eire will now be part of a pan-Commonwealth community of sustainable conservation forests defending our woodlands for future generations and making a bodily and lasting legacy of the Queen’s management of the Commonwealth.
“Notably, this announcement is especially well timed with the UK internet hosting COP26 in Glasgow.
“The significance of defending forests as a core local weather mitigation motion has obtained heightened consideration and momentum globally via the COP26 pledge by a couple of hundred international locations to guard and restore the earth’s forests.”
Minister Poots visited Glenarm Property on October 25 and highlighted that the QCC accreditation “recognises Glenarm forest’s dedication to sustainable forestry and its position in contributing to folks’s wellbeing and delight for the group and for the generations to come back”.
In launching the venture at Glenarm, the minister highlighted the significance of the venture, saying: “It is a distinctive and impressive venture which can create social, environmental, leisure, tourism and financial advantages for the native space.
“It’s going to assist to lift the attention of the significance of forests to society and encourage landowners to plant new woodlands according to my division’s Forests for Our Future Programme to plant 18 million timber by 2030.”
Glenarm Forest venture a ‘results of innovation’
The 350ha venture is “the results of innovation, dedication and partnership working between the division and Glenarm Property and different stakeholders”.
Lord Antrim, Randal, the fifteenth Earl of Antrim and present custodian of Glenarm Citadel, welcomed the accreditation and thanked these current for his or her work and assist for the venture.
Throughout the go to, the minister met with native council representatives, and workers and kids from Seaview Built-in Major College, in addition to stakeholders concerned within the Glenarm Forest QCC venture working group.
The primary timber had been planted on a brand new native woodland website to mark the event by the minister, Lord Antrim and the Seaview Built-in Major College kids.