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Minister Mallon visits award winning Randalstown


Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon during a visit to Randalstown. She is pictured at the Heritage Garden with Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb, Councillor Noreen McClelland, Councillor Ryan Wilson, Helen Boyd, Chair of Tidy Randalstown, Gary Quinn, Dept for Infrastructure, Suzanne Winter, Tidy Randalstown and Councillor Glenn Finlay.

Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon has paid a visit to Randalstown today to view the recent work which has been carried out to further enhance the award winning town.


Thanks to funding from the Department for Infrastructure, the Council in partnership with local community group Tidy Randalstown, have been able to plant more than 50 native trees to create a tree boulevard on entering the town.



Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon during a visit to Randalstown. She is pictured with Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb and Helen Boyd, Chair of Tidy Randalstown.

Welcoming the Minister, Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb said:


“I was delighted that Minister Mallon took time out of her busy schedule to see at first hand the fantastic work that has been carried out in Randalstown. As well as the sustainable tree planting project, the Minister visited the new heritage garden – a biodiversity project completed on the site of a disused railway embankment.”



Minister Mallon chats with some of the volunteers of Tidy Randalstown during a visit to the town.

The Mayor continued:


“The volunteers within Tidy Randalstown dedicate many hours to ensuring the town is always adorned with eye-catching floral displays and features to welcome residents and visitors. This is another example of what can be achieved through great partnership working and we look forward to seeing further sustainable projects within the town in the future.



Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon during a visit to Randalstown. She is pictured with Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb and volunteers of Tidy Randalstown.

Visiting the town, Minister Mallon said:


“The sustainable planting of native trees and the creation of the heritage garden by Tidy Randalstown are just two of many schemes that my Department is supporting in our effort to tackle the climate emergency. Climate Change is the single biggest environmental challenge confronting the world and there is an urgent need to ambitiously reduce emissions in order to tackle the climate emergency we face today.

“I am committed to playing my part in this very important work at this critical time for our environment.


Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon during a visit to Randalstown. She is pictured with Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Billy Webb and Helen Boyd, Chair of Tidy Randalstown.

“Over fifty native trees have been planted on the approach to the town, which is a small contribution to improve the air we breathe and the environment we live in. I was also delighted to see the new heritage garden, which is an innovative use of a disused railway embankment and is an excellent example of how we can repurpose land as a green space for local people to enjoy.”

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