May - October 2018



Activity and Location


Sunday 20 May2018

10.00 am



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

Laurel and other invasive vegetation is being cleared as part of the restoration of the walled garden.

Leader: Janis Lunn


Sunday 3 June


Delamont, Co Down - Dry Stone Walling

A section of collapsed dry stone wall is being restored around a field edge. Walls are an important feature in the landscape in this area.  

Leader: Sam Hastings


Sunday 17 June


Moyola Waterfoot Nature Reserve - Himalayan Balsam Control

Himalayan Balsam is an introduced plant which spreads aggressively and shades out other native plants. We will be pulling the Balsam before it can set seed and spread any further on this Ulster Wildlife nature reserve.

Leader: Anne Hardcastle


Saturday 23 June

Grass Roots Summer Outing

A day out to visit various interesting locations in the Downpatrick area including several archaeological sites and a nature reserve.   

Details from Ken Orr - book places by 15 June.


Sunday 1 July


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

Further improvements will be undertaken including tree pruning, removal of ivy and weeding a recently planted hedge. 

Leader: Janis Lunn


Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 August

Inishowen, County Donegal - Drystone Walling

Further rebuilding work on the stone wall we worked on in 2017. Located approx. 20 miles north of Derry/Londonderry City. B&B available nearby or attend just one day. Confirm interest with Ken Orr by 10 June.  


Sunday 2 September

Straidkilly Nature Reserve, Glenarm, Co Antrim - Meadow Management & Woodland Glade Clearance

Unfortunately this task has had to be cancelled for reasons beyond our control


Sunday 16 September

A beach near Strangford, Co Down - 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 30 September


Saintfield Estate, Saintfield, Co Down - Woodland Management

We will be undertaking Further clearance of laurel and rhododendron to improve the woodlands and encourage wildlife.

Leader: Janis Lunn


Saturday 6 October

 Starting at 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 by 28th September.


Sunday 14 October

Ballynahone Bog Nature Reserve, near Maghera, Co L'Derry - Clearance of Pine & Rhododendron

This is an Ulster Wildlife nature reserve and we will be clearing various invasive plant from the bog to maintain its quality.

Leader: Anne Hardcastle


To attend any of these events phone Ken Orr at 90 580339, Mobile: 07901 944 001

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