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Derry’s very own pop sensation Nadine Coyle will be joined by Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland (CVNI),firemen, athletes and other able bodied men and women in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the most trees planted on one site, in one hour.
The event will take place on Saturday 5 December at 11am on Western Health Trust land at Gransha Park as part of National Tree Week and the BBC’s Breathing Places Tree O’Clock Campaign, Nadine Coyle will be on hand to start the proceedings. The target is 23,000 trees to be planted by 100 people in one hour.
The tree planters will compete against teams in Essex and Hertfordshire to beat the World Record. The challenge is to plant more than 18,124 – the record currently held by a team of school children; the Forestry Commission Scotland, and BP staff in Aberdeenshire.
Derry has been the BBC Breathing Places city in Northern Ireland since 2007. In that year Ivan Black Conservation Projects Development Officer from the CVNI and his team built a Breathing Places garden overnight in the Guildhall Square. That garden now lives at Gransha woods on the banks of the Foyle. Now alongside the ancient woodland at Gransha a new wood will be born at the back of the Waterside Hospital - leaving a permanent Breathing Places legacy in the city.
Conservation Volunteers Northern Ireland is recruiting from their teams across Northern Ireland and is actively looking for the strongest fastest tree planters in the North West to make up the rest of the crew. Ivan Black from the CVNI says: “Derry is the city of oaks - the clue is in the name Doire Columcille - we want to create a new woodland using young oaks some of which started their lives as acorns in Gransha - now the baby Derry Oaks are coming home.” To join the record breaking team contact the CVNI office in Derry on 028 7126 2664
However, BBC’s Breathing Places is attempting to break not one but two world records on this day. If you can’t make it to Gransha Park on Saturday, December 05, visit the website bbc.co.uk/treeoclock to find out the other planting locations in Northern Ireland and to read details of how you can join the attempt in your own back garden or in your local community. A limited number of tree saplings/whips will be available free to members of the public wishing to also plant a tree on a first come first served basis – one per household.
Tree planters should check that the tree they are planting is appropriate for the place they choose to plant. More information about planting the right tree in the right place and how to ensure that the new tree is cared for, plus lots more information on tree planting from our campaign partners is available on the website.
Liz Cleaver, Controller of BBC Learning says: “We’re all keeping our fingers crossed that we set a new World Record. But, whatever the outcome, I’m delighted that so many people are planning to get stuck in and plant trees, many for the first time. This event will leave a real lasting legacy for local communities across the country as well as furthering peoples’ understanding of wildlife and trees.”
Autumnwatch presenter Chris Packham says: “Want to branch out and do something for nature? Join me and plant a tree for Tree O’Clock and you could ‘leaf’ a real legacy. Trees are really important for wildlife as all kinds of animals live in and around them, and they also make our environment better for everyone. So get stuck in and plant a tree!”
For further information please contact Maria Tumelty in the BBC Northern Ireland Press Office on 028 90 338 227 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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