Pupils from St Joseph's Boys High School have been busy planting trees around the school grounds this week as part of a 'Green teens' initiative.

Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson, Newry, Mourne and Down Council helped plant the 50th  tree in the extensive ‘Green Teens’ project around St Joseph’s HS as part of the Shared Areas environmental project.

Representatives from the Shared Areas project, Mrs Gillian Fitzpartick, pupils and St Joseph’s governors at the tree planting.
Representatives from the Shared Areas project, Gillian Fitzpartick, Chair, Newry, Mourne and Down Council with pupils and St Joseph’s governors at the tree planting.

One pupil from each form class helped plant a range of semi-mature trees around the grounds of the school, as well as under-utilized grassy areas within the local community to help enhance the green footprint and environmental well-being of the area. Senior Leader, Mrs E. Fitzpatrick, helped plant a flowering Cherry Blossom on behalf of the teachers – past and present – who've been so influential in the life of St Joseph's.

Funding for the project was secured through Newry, Mourne & Down District Council’s Live Here, Love Here programme and the tree planting initiative was the latest in a wide ranging series of environmental improvement activities involving over 60 pupils. Project coordinator, Mr Brendan Fearon thanked all those who took part in the very enjoyable work, as well as past pupil Sean O’Hare at Carrive Grove Garden Centre for assisting in the preparation and procurement of the plants. 

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