GRASS ROOTS CONSERVATION GROUP

PRACTICAL CONSERVATION WORK PROGRAMME

May - October 2018

No

Date/Time

Activity and Location

12

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

13

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

14

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

15

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.

16

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

17

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.  

18

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

19

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     

20

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

21

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.

22

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

or E-mail: grassrootsni@fastmail.fm        Website: www.grassrootsni.org