Bugs Bees & Native Trees Project - November 2021


 Pictures from 3 locations in Armagh Diocese:
1. Armagh Robinson Library & No 5 Vicars’ Hill at Drelincourt School.
2. Dundalk Parish Church.
3. Kildarton Parish Church.

Mr David Brown, Armagh Diocesan Youth and Children’s Development Officer,
Mrs Eileen Trew, Principal of the Drelincourt School Dr Stephen Day, Registry Officer,
Archbishop John McDowell,  The Very Revd Shane Forster
& Pupils from the Drelincourt School (Image credit: Ian Maginess)


Mrs Eileen Trew, Archbishop McDowell and a Drelincourt School pupil
with the cake with the logo for the all-island initiative 'Bugs, Bees and Native Trees'.
(Image credit: Ian Maginess)


A happy crew at Dundalk Parish Church getting ready to plant some trees.

Getting ready to plant in Dundalk.     


And at Kildarton Parish Church: 

Armagh Robinson Library and No 5 Vicars’ Hill are pleased to take part in the initiative ‘Bugs, Bees and Native Trees’.
This initiative supports young people and adults to address issues, even in small ways, of the environment, biodiversity and climate change by planting trees and undertaking other environmental projects.

As part of the initiative, two rowan trees were planted in the garden of No 5 by Archbishop John McDowell and pupils from the Drelincourt School, Armagh. The Archbishop is Chairman of both the Library’s Governors and Guardians and Drelincourt’s Board of Governors.

Speaking ahead of the tree-planting, the Archbishop said, “We are reminded again and again that there are fewer trees per acre throughout the island of Ireland than in any other country in Europe. Trees are one of the great protections against global warming because of their ability to soak up carbon dioxide. While this is a modest contribution to the whole initiative, I am glad that the Library, No 5 and Drelincourt have all participated.”

Mrs Eileen Trew, Principal of the Drelincourt School, said, “Education is about preparing children for the future, but if we do not avert the climate crisis, that future for our children is at risk. Planting trees makes a difference and we are delighted to be involved in this initiative.”

The initiative is open to schools, youth, community and church groups and the native trees are sourced locally from Mr Sean Vallely. Groups are encouraged to participate by going to www.bugsbeesandnativetrees.com or by contacting the Church of Ireland’s Armagh Diocesan Youth and Children’s Officer, Mr David Brown, doycarmagh@gmail.com.