September 2017 - January 2018



Activity and Location


Sunday 3 September

10.00 am

Rea's Wood near Antrim - Removal of Sycamore Trees in Wet-woodland

This is a wet woodland on the shore of Lough Neagh and we will be cutting down small sycamore trees and other invasive species.

Leader: Anne Hardcastle


Sunday 17 September

10.00 am

Killard Point near Strangford - Beachwatch

This is an annual UK-wide weekend of action organised by the Marine Conservation Society to document all rubbish found on beaches. We will be counting rubbish on a scenic beach near the mouth of Strangford Lough.

Leader: Ken Orr     


Sunday 1 October

10.00 am

Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills - Scrub Clearance and Hedge Management.

This is the first of three days, when we will be working on sites belonging to Ulster Wildlife and working with some of their volunteers. Work will include scrub clearance and maintenance of a young hedge.

Leader: Sam Hastings


Saturday 14 October

3.30 pm

Grass Roots AGM at Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church Hall, Ormeau Road, Belfast  

There will be a guest speaker, review of recent projects and a quiz. All members and friends are very welcome. Afterwards we plan to go out for a meal somewhere nearby. Confirm with Ken by7th October, if you want to join us for the evening meal.


Sunday 15 October

10.00 am

Rea's Wood near Antrim - Pond Improvement

A small pond has become very overgrown with trees and we will be cutting back vegetation to let in more light to improve the ponds wildlife potential.

Leader: Ken Orr


Sunday 29 October

10.00 am

Saintfield Estate, Saintfield, Co Down - Woodland Management

Further clearance of laurel and rhododendron to improve the woodlands.

Leader: Anne Hardcastle


Sunday 12 November

10.00 am

Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast - Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

This is an urban wildlife site belonging to Ulster Wildlife. Work will include path maintenance and some scrub clearance to maintain areas of grassland.

Leader: Sam Hastings     


Sunday 26 November

10.00 am

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh - Hedge Maintenance

We will be replanting gaps in a hedge, which was planted in the last couple of years.

Leader: Janis Lunn


Sunday 10 December

10.00 am

Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor - Path Maintenance & Scrub Control

This is a site belonging to Ulster Wildlife and includes mature woodland and a wetland. We will be helping to maintain the path system and also some scrub clearance. Volunteers from Ulster Wildlife will be working with us.

Leader: Anne Hardcastle



Sunday 7 January

10.00 am

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh - Historic Garden Restoration

Removal of ivy and other overgrown vegetation, to help restore the walled garden.

Leader: Janis Lunn