Knockbracken Woodland


Belfast Trust has completed a massive environmental project as almost 20,000 trees were planted on its Knockbracken site. Staff and patients joined together to plant a large number of the trees.



The Knockbracken woodland is a partnership between our Trust and the Woodland Trust. It has been made possible by grant funding from the Forest Service Woodland Grant Scheme, and covers 23 acres of land. After taking advice from the Woodland Trust, the species in the new woodland are all indigenous. These include oak, cherry, rowan, maple, birch and alder species.


The trees will not only start to provide a habitat for wildlife but will also act as an amenity for staff, patients and public in the future. With many properties and buildings all over Belfast ranging from large hospitals, to Wellbeing Centres and community units, the Trust is undoubtedly a contributor to the city’s carbon footprint. As a provider of healthcare it is responsibility to do what we can to reduce this.


The 20,000 trees represent more-or-less a tree for every member of staff in the Trust. Although the trees are still small they are clearly visible to commuters on Belfast’s busy Saintfield Road.