Warrenpoint Port joined seven local schools to plant a variety of trees as part of its ongoing commitment to enhancing the environment.
In total, 1,100 tress and shrubs have been planted by the Port at The Gut area along the harbour’s boundary, including Rowan and Crab Apple trees, following a £55,000 investment.
The schools that took part included Dromore Road Primary and St Dallan’s in Warrenpoint, Kilbroney Intergrated Primary and St Bronagh’s Primary, both in Rostrevor. Children from St Colman’s in Kilkeel, St Patrick’s Primary in Mayobridge and Carrick Primary in Burren were also in attendance.
Clare Guinness, CEO of Warrenpoint Port, commented:
“It was wonderful to be able to come together with schools in our community and partner with their Eco Councils, working alongside them to make a positive contribution to the environment.
“In addition to the trees, lavender and other flowers were planted, bringing a vibrant splash of colour to the area and meaning each child was able to plant something for themselves.
“At Warrenpoint Port we are passionate about improving our local area and are extremely grateful to the schools that helped us complete this phase of tree planting
“We are committed to helping provide a greener future for the children and maintaining the wider Port setting for generations to come, as part of our responsibility to act as a custodian of the local marine environment.”
All plants were locally sourced in Warrenpoint and are native to the area.
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Notes to editors
- Warrenpoint Port is the second largest port in Northern Ireland and the fifth biggest on the island of Ireland.
- Warrenpoint Harbour Authority was created as a Trust Port by legislation in 1971.
- In 2017, the value of goods moving through Warrenpoint Port was £6.2billion, £164 million of which was direct international trade. The Port handled 3.48 million tonnes
of cargo in 2016 increasing to 3.56 million tonnes in 2017
- The port employs 67 staff directly, but more than 200 people work at the harbour every day.
- In addition to serving the markets in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, the Port deals with imports and exports from countries and regions across the world including to Spain, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Ukraine and the Americas.