GRASS ROOTS CONSERVATION GROUP

PRACTICAL CONSERVATION WORK PROGRAMME

June - September 2021

 

No

Date/Time

Activity and Location

1

Sunday 13 June

10.00 am

 

 

Oxford Island Nature Reserve, Lurgan - Himalayan Balsam Control

Himalayan Balsam is an introduced plant which spreads aggressively

and shades out other native plants. We will be pulling it out before it

can set seed and spread any further.

Leader: Janis Lunn

 

2

Saturday 26 June

10.00 am

 

Derryanvil near Portadown - Hedge maintenance

Weeding and maintenance of a young hedge, which forms part of a

wildlife garden.

Leader: Janis Lunn

 

3

Sunday 4 July

10.00 am

 

Tolan's Point Nature Reserve, north of Lurgan - Himalayan Balsam Control

Himalayan Balsam is an introduced plant which spreads aggressively

and shades out other native plants. We will be pulling it out before it

can set seed and spread any further.

Leader: Sam Hastings   

 

4

Sunday 25 July

10.00 am

 

Crawfordsburn Country Park, Crawfordsburn - Orchard Maintenance and other work

Maintenance of a small orchard of old varieties of apple tree and other

work in the surrounding garden, clearing paths and cutting back

vegetation around the trees.

Leader: Ken Orr

 

5

Sunday 8 Aug

10.00 am

 

Crawfordsburn Country Park, Crawfordsburn - Orchard Maintenance and other work

Further work in Crawfordsburn walled garden following on from

25 July, including further vegetation control in the orchard and weeding

and cutting back vegetation along the paths and around small trees.

Leader: Ken Orr

 

6

Sunday 22 Aug

10.00 am

 

Rea's Wood Nature Reserve, Antrim - Woodland Management

Clearing Salmonberry and other invasive species in this wet woodland

nature reserve on the shore of Lough Neagh. 

Leader: Robert Shearman

 

7

Sunday 5 September

10.00 am




Sunday 12 September



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Saintfield Estate, Saintfield - Woodland Management

Further clearance of laurel and rhododendron to improve the

woodlands and encourage more wildlife.

Leader: Sam Hastings


 

Seed Collection Workshop - Special Event!
Grass Roots has been offered a really exciting opportunity to work with True Harvest Seeds, who have set up Ireland's only seed bank for native Irish plants. On Sunday 12 September, we will be running a Seed Collection workshop - training will be provided in the morning by their seed collection experts, while the afternoon will be spent putting the new skills into practice. We will learn how to identify good seed, collect it in prime condition and process it for storage for decades to come.
The workshop will take place at Lagan Meadows, Stranmillis, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and places will be strictly limited, so sign up now! Contact Ken on 07901 944001 or email grassrootsni@fastmail.fm

8

Sunday 19 September

10.00 am

 

Beach at Killard Point near Strangford, Co Down - Beachwatch

We will be collecting and counting beach litter and rubbish, as part of

the Marine Conservation Society annual UK-wide weekend of action,

to document litter on beaches.

Leader: Ken Orr

 

 

 

 

To attend any of these events phone Ken Orr at 02890 580339, Mobile: 07901 944001

or email: grassrootsni@fastmail.fm        web:    www.grassrootsni.org