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New Year’s Day Winter Walk

Monday 1st January
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

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Historic Garden Restoration

Sunday 7th January
Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
Free

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Have a go: Hedge laying

Saturday 20th January
Mount Stewart
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Meadow Management

Sunday 21st January
Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor
Free

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Action Renewables Energy Association (AREA) – The Opportunities in Energy Storage

Tuesday 23rd January
The Doyen, 829 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7GY
£66

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Griddle Baking

Saturday 27th January
Rowallane Garden
Normal Admission, Members Free

Get Stuck In at Murlough

Sunday 28th January
Murlough NNR
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Ancient woodland gets a makeover 28 April 2016

Precious ancient woodland gets a subtle spring makeover

(via The Woodland Trust)


WoodlandTrust

Photograph: Rosanna Ballentine

A rare and precious ancient wood, not far from the city of Derry/Londonderry, is showing off a subtle new look.

Funding to the tune of £15,000 from the Loughs Agency has helped to open up the Woodland Trust’s centuries–old Killaloo Wood and its aspiring young neighbour Brackfield Wood.

The two woods line the banks of the River Faughan, in the heart of the beautiful Faughan Valley.  To the south lies Killaloo Wood, with its fragments of irreplaceable ancient woodland (that’s land wooded since at least 1600)1 and, to the north, the Brackfield gem is being created in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Both woods now benefit from enhanced entrances; improved pathways winding along the river’s edge; and new seats and benches, strategically dotted and sure to receive the approval of walkers.  Vital work to stabilise the eroding river banks is set to benefit wildlife, in particular fish and other animals such as otters2.  

According to the charity, the transformation comes just in time for visitors to discover the highlights of spring, not least the shimmering carpets of bluebells that decorate the ancient woodland floor during late April and May.

Gregor Fulton, operations manager for the Woodland Trust, said: “Thanks to grant–aid from the Loughs Agency, we’re delighted to be able to invite nature lovers to discover the two woods in their full seasonal glory. 

“Although on the doorstep of the city, this a quiet corner of nature, far removed from the hustle and bustle.  Chances are you’ll be alone with your thoughts, with the exception of the valley’s precious wildlife, and possibly a fisherman or two in search of the River Faughan’s trout and salmon.

Read the full article here…