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Grants Available For Sustainable Christmas Trees
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Expression of Interest Exercise – Newry, Mourne and Down Sustainable Christmas Tree Scheme 2019.

Summer may be warming up but give a thought to your communities sustainable Christmas tree this year!

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Local communities outside Downpatrick and Newry are invited to apply for grants for sustainable Christmas trees.

Following on from the positive outcomes of the pilot scheme which enabled the provision of six sustainable Christmas Trees in 2018, the Council hopes to extend the programme to an additional 14 towns and villages in 2019.  The Council’s long-term objective is to replace all the current cut trees with sustainable trees, except for those in Newry and Warrenpoint and the replica tree located in Downpatrick.

The Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from local constituted Community Based Organisations based in a number of towns and villages to partner with the Council in the provision of sustainable Christmas trees. 

Locations in each DEA will be selected following an initial suitability exercise, specifically looking at:

  • Land ownership and site suitability including proximity to power sources
  • Locations must be shared spaces in the centre of the town/village.
  • Only one site per town/village will be considered.
  • Level of Community Interest/Buy-in – Preference may be given to areas where the Council can work with a partnership of community organisations to deliver the project.
  • As this programme is aimed at increasing the sustainability of Christmas trees, preference may be given to areas where the Council currently erects cut trees.

 Newcastle, Crossmaglen, Ballynahinch, Warrenpoint, Kilkeel

  • sites will be given an order of preference based on the above points and only the 14 highest ranking will be given a suitability/site visit.

Please note towns/cities in which the Council organises Switch on Events will not be eligible for this programme therefore applications from the following will be ineligible:

  • Newry
  • Downpatrick.

Completed EOI forms should be returned to: Aisling Rennick, Newry and Mourne District Council, McGrath House, 1 Margaret Street Newry, BT 34 1DF. Contact 028 44 612311 for form details.