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Centenary Woods Opening at Antrim Castle Gardens and Mossley Mill


The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell joins the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery, The Venerable Dr Stephen McBride at the Motte at Antrim Castle Gds where they lit a beacon to symbolise hope for all in Northern Ireland as part of the Council's Centenary of Northern Ireland Commemorative programme.

Centenary Woods at both Antrim Castle Gardens and Mossley Mill were opened yesterday by the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery as part of the Council’s Northern Ireland Centenary programme.

Masserene Centenary Wood, located in Antrim Castle Gardens is made up of approx 400 trees and Mossley Mill Centenary Wood at Mossley Mill, is made up of approx 1100 trees. Both woods have been funded by DAERA’s Small Woodland Grant Scheme and are made up from native species such as Oak, Hazel, Rowan and Hawthorn.

The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery, opened Masserenne Centenary Woods and Mossley Mill Centenary Woods yesterday as part of the Council's Centenary of Northern Ireland Commemorative programme.

It was fitting that on Monday 3 May, the creation of Northern Ireland was marked by the formation of two new woodlands which will do so much for our future environmental prosperity, so vital in this time of climate change.


The Mayor also made a pledge in the Centenary Charter:


“As a Council, we aim to make life better for the people of The Borough and encourage their contribution to the success of Northern Ireland for the next 100 years. In doing so we will strive to improve their economic, social, educational and environmental prospects in the future”.



The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell joins the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery, The Venerable Dr Stephen McBride and Elected Members at Macedon Point, Hazelbank where they lit a beacon to symbolise hope for all in Northern Ireland as part of the Council's Centenary of Northern Ireland Commemorative programme.


The Mayor added:


“I am honoured as First Citizen of this Borough to mark the 100th anniversary of the creation of Northern Ireland, a place I am proud to call home, by opening the Massereene and Mossley Mill Centenary Woods. Boththese projects will leave a lasting legacy as we move beyond the first 100 years of Northern Ireland toward a bright and prosperous future for all citizens in Northern Ireland and in particular our Borough”.



The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell joins the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery, The Venerable Dr Stephen McBride and Elected Members at the Motte at Antrim Castle Gds where they lit a beacon to symbolise hope for all in Northern Ireland as part of the Council's Centenary of Northern Ireland Commemorative programme.

The Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell joined the Mayor last night to light a beacon at Macedon Point, Hazelbank and the Motte at Antrim Castle Gardens.The beacon being symbolic of hope for a bright future for all in Northern Ireland. Antrim Civic Centre, Ballyclare Town Hall Clock Face and Mossley Mill also lit up red last night to mark this momentous day.



Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Jim Montgomery with the Centenary Charter

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