March - September 2019


Fortieth Anniversary Year 1979 - 2019



Activity and Location


Sunday 3 March

Rea's Wood, Antrim - Pond & Woodland Management

A small pond has become very overgrown and we will be cutting back vegetation.

Leader: Ken Orr


Sunday 24 March

Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast - Fencing

We will be constructing a fence around the entrance to the allotments.

Leader: Sam Hastings


Sunday 7 April

Kilmacrew House, near Banbridge - Hedge Maintenance

Weeding a recently planted hedge and also some pruning.

Leader: Janis Lunn


Saturday 20 April

Derryanvil near Portadown - Planting Young Trees

We have been given a large quantity of container grown native trees. We will be planting these out, to grow on in a nursery bed for another season.

Leader: Janis Lunn


Sunday 28 April

Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills - Scrub Clearance

Clearance of willow scrub and improvements to drainage to help increase the diversity of wild flowers.

Leader: Ken Orr


Sunday 12 May

Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast - Path Renovation

We will be scraping off weeds and doing minor resurfacing to the paths through the allotment site.

Leader: Sam Hastings


Saturday 18 May

An evening walk at a scenic location in the Belfast area.

Confirm interest with Ken by 14 May.


Sunday 26 May

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: Janis Lunn


Saturday 1 June

2.30 pm


Celebrating Forty Years of Grass Roots

Grass Roots Conservation Group was set up in 1979 and has been improving Northern Ireland's environment and landscape for 40 years. We are having a bar-b-que and celebration event at Saintfield Estate and will be inviting many past members and friends.

Confirm with Ken if you will be attending by 18 May.


Sunday 9 June

Whiterocks Sand Dunes, near Portrush - Bracken Control

The dune flora is being lost under an extensive growth of bracken, which we will be helping to control.

Leader: Sam Hastings  


Sunday 23 June

Rea's Wood, Antrim - Himalayan Balsam Control

Control of Himalayan Balsam and removal of small sycamore saplings.

Leader: Anne Hardcastle


Sunday 7 July

Knockbracken Allotments

Change of Programme: we will be returning to Knockbracken Allotments to finish the fence we started in the spring, and to do some path work.

Leader: Ken Orr


9-11 August  

Inishowen, County Donegal - Drystone Walling

Further rebuilding work on the stone wall we worked on in 2018. Located approx. 20 miles north of Derry/Londonderry City. B&B available nearby, or attend just one day. Contact Ken Orr for details.


Sunday 8 September

Brackagh Moss Nature Reserve, near Portadown - Scrub Control

We will be cutting back willow and alder scrub which is causing the site to dry up and reduce its wildlife potential.

Leader: Janis Lunn


Sunday 22 September

A beach 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 90 580339, Mobile: 07901 944 001

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