Blackmountain Tree Planting

Date_ 30 January 2018

As part of Whitemountain’s commitment to a sustainable environment and through partnership with the Belfast Hills Trust, volunteers planted over 200 trees at the surrounding edges of Blackmountain Quarry. Species of trees planted included Silver Birch, Downy Birch, Hazel, Alder, Aspen, Oak, Rowan, and Wild Cherry.

This project was developed in 2014 with the aim to improve the biodiversity of the Blackmountain as well as the landscape view of the area. It was made possible through the BHP’s Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Landscape Partnership Scheme (LPS) and the Woodland Trust’s MOREwoods Scheme.

It was identified that the areas, which were no longer used for either quarrying or landfill, could be developed to the benefit of wildlife, by creating wildflower meadows and woodland, while at the same time improving the view of the Blackmountain for the local community below.

The scheme is part of a wider programme to plant 6500 trees and plants in the Belfast Hills before the end of March 2018.