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DAERA Minister Edwin Poots MLA has planted a tree in commemoration of the life of HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

The Minister said: “His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh dedicated his life to public service and I want to begin by passing on my sincerest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.

“Prince Philip was a life-long environmentalist and conservationist. Over many decades of his life his commitment and interest in promoting opportunities for people to connect with their environment has been inspiring and so influential particularly to young people.

“Over the years, The Duke visited Northern Ireland on a number of occasions on Royal visits, including to CAFRE’s Loughry Campus in Cookstown in 2002. In the spirit of my own Forests for Our Future initiative which I launched at Loughry campus last Spring, I have planted an oak tree as a memorial to Prince Philip and to mark what his good work meant to the people of Northern Ireland and his legacy to future generations. “