Memorial tree planting locations


Causeway Coast and Glens Council recently approved a policy to allow the planting of memorial trees within the borough.

Director of Environment Services Aidan McPeak brought before the Environmental Services Committee on Tuesday a number of locations identified within the Borough as being suitable.

DUP councillor George Duddy raised concerns about the suitability of some locations and the potential for damage due to anti-social behaviour.

He commented: “We all know when trees are planted they are liable to damage.

“Are there any of these areas if the families plant them that they are likely to be subjected to anti-social behaviour and damage? And my other question is, are we going to plant indigenous species?

“I wonder about the viability of Christie Park? Is it somewhere where you can plant trees where they will grow successfully?

“It was a flood area for the Bann and is full of ‘fill’. You can see along Christie Park that unless you are at the Waterside area where the big trees are successful that further along towards the Sandelford Bridge they don’t survive as well.

“Cloonavin is mentioned and there was a tree planted out the front a while ago. Yet when we had the Angel of Hope Garden looking for green space we didn’t want them going there because we didn’t want anything planted there and yet now we are suggesting planting trees in front of the Cloonavin.

“I think there needs to be some sort of specification as to the types of trees for families so someone doesn’t come along and stick an oak tree or two in somewhere.”

Director of Environment Services Aidan McPeak informed the Committee that the Parks Department would be able to recommend suitable species of trees for the various areas.

The policy and location was proposed by Alderman Sam Cole and Seconded by UUP’s Councillor Sandra Hunter.

The locations are:

Armoy - Riverside Park;

Ballycastle - Quay Road playing fields and tow path;

Ballymoney - Riverside Park, Drumaheglis Caravan Park, Megaw Park, Riada Playing Fields; Bushmills - Millennium Park;

Coleraine - Anderson Park, Poorhouse Gardens, Christie Park, Rose Gardens, Cloonavin;

Cushendall - Cottagewood;

Dungiven - Environment Park;

Kilrea - New Park;

Limavady - Blackburn Park, Benone Complex, Swans Bridge.