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Resilient Belfast

One Million Trees

  • Introduction

    We are working with city partners to plant one million native trees across Belfast by 2035.

    This project, which launches in National Tree Week (link opens in new window), is one of our major programmes to support climate adaptation across the city and it will make a substantial contribution to the to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs’ Northern Ireland-wide Forest of our Future (link opens in new window) initiative.

    By planting one million trees, we are aiming to:

    • reduce carbon
    • improve air quality
    • reduce flooding
    • increase urban cooling
    • support and enhance biodiversity
    • improve physical and mental health and wellbeing.

    Belfast One Million Trees was inspired by an original idea from the Belfast Metropolitan Residents Group and it is a collaboration between public, private and voluntary sector partners.

  • Watch

    Watch this animation for a short summary on this project and our joint goal.

  • Working with others


    Although our planting will start on approved partner sites, as we move forward there will be opportunities for everyone to get involved. Look out on social media for details of our tree giveaway in 2021.


    We have been working with Business in the Community NI and individual businesses to explore how businesses can get involved in One Million Trees. We are planning a series of business engagement events in 2021.


    In the first phase, we have been working with the Education Authority, the Woodland Trust and Keep NI Beautiful ECO-Schools Project to engage with schools in Belfast. We will continue to work with schools throughout the project.

    Community groups

    We’ve been engaging with community groups in the areas where we’re planning to plant. We have also been liaising with the Voluntary, Community and Small Enterprise Panel within the Belfast Community Planning Partnership and the Community Climate Action Working Group (part of the Belfast Climate Commission).

  • Next steps

    • We’ve been identifying potential planting sites on both council and programme partners' land and will be planting trees at various locations during tree planting season which runs from November to March each year.
    • We’re also asking for location suggestions from local businesses, community groups, schools and residents.
    • Next year we will be carrying out an audit on trees across Belfast to put a value on existing and new trees in terms of tackling issues such as carbon and flooding.
    • We’re also planning more work around coordinating volunteers, coordinating education and training opportunities.
  • Partners

    The project’s key partners include the Woodland Trust, the Conservation Volunteers, Belfast Hills Partnership, National Trust, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Department for Infrastructure, Department for Communities, Northern Ireland Electricity, Queen’s University, Belfast Harbour Commission, the Education Authority, Belfast Health & Social Care Trust, DAERA, Translink, the BMRG, PSNI and Invest NI.

  • Have your say

    Tell us your comments and suggestions for planting sites at Your say Belfast (link opens in new window)

    Use the mapping tool to tell us the places where you'd like to see a tree planted. We especially want to hear from businesses and public landowners across the city who would be willing to plant a tree on their land.

  • More information

    If your business, school or community group would like to get involved or you'd like more information about this project, please email

    For information and advice on trees or planting trees, go to (link opens in new window)

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    The race to one million trees is now on and we’ll keep you updated on our progress as we get closer to our target!

  • Privacy policy

    Belfast City Council is the Data Controller under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) for the personal data it gathers for the purposes of sending email updates from Belfast City Council about the progress of our One Million Trees project and related Resilient Belfast information. 

    The council accepts that you are providing your personal data on the basis of consent and are positively agreeing for the council to hold and further use it. 

    The personal data may be shared internally within the council with staff who are involved in providing this service and where necessary, between internal departments with the purpose of supporting an effective delivery of service.

    Your personal data will not be shared or disclosed to any other organisation without your consent, unless the law permits or places an obligation on the council to do so.

    The personal data is held and stored by the council in a safe and secure manner and in compliance with Data Protection legislation and in line with the council’s Records Retention and Disposal Schedule.

    If you have any queries regarding the processing of your personal data or wish to withdraw your consent to the processing of it, please email the Resilient Belfast team at or call 028 9032 0202.

    If you wish to contact the council’s Data Protection Officer, please write to: 
    Belfast City Council,
    City Hall Belfast,
    BT1 5GS
    or send an email to

    Please read our privacy policy for further information.

Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

028 9032 0202

9 Adelaide, 9-21 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8DJ

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