Environment Minister Edwin Poots and Environment Secretary George Eustice have jointly planted a tree to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The two men planted the beech tree in the grounds of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) to mark 70 years since The Queen acceded to the throne.
Speaking at the event, Mr Poots said: “One of the initiatives to mark the Jubilee is the Queen’s Green Canopy which calls on people from across the UK to plant a tree.
“This has particular relevance to me and my department and so it is with great pleasure that I am honoured to plant this beech tree on the lawn of the Manor House at CAFRE’s Greenmount campus.
“Planting trees is vitally important work that will benefit our environment and future generations.
“As part of our Forests for our Future programme DAERA has committed to plant 18 million trees or 9,000 hectares of new woodland over the next 10 years to help our environment and economy.
“Planting this tree today is a fitting tribute for the Jubilee, especially as Queen Elizabeth planted a tree here at CAFRE in 1977 to mark her Silver Jubilee.
“It has become a fine specimen and along with its new sister tree marks a significant milestone in history as well as contributing to the local biodiversity and environment,” he added.
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