A new leafy initiative has cropped up in Darndale thanks to EU funding.

Three thousand native trees were planted today in Darndale Park over a space spanning 4,500 metres. Pupils from Our Lady Immaculate National School and volunteers planted a variety of oak, birch, willow and hazel trees for the scheme.

Darndale is now the fourth urban area in Europe to gain funding from the sustainability driven ' UForest' project. The ceremony took place at at the close of European Urban Forest Week.

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Chairperson of Darndale Together Dr. Jack Nolan said: "“Things are changing for the better in Darndale. This initiative is a vote of confidence in an area on a journey of significant advancement and will have major social and environmental benefits for Darndale and its surrounds."

The project was also brought to fruition thanks to researchers from Trinity College. Curiously, the forest shape has also taken on an intruiging design.

Trees have been planted in a doughnut shape, with branches forming an outer circle around a small clearing within. Dr Nolan hopes locals will reap the rewards of the new community space.

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