GRASS ROOTS CONSERVATION GROUP

PRACTICAL CONSERVATION WORK PROGRAMME

January - May 2018

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Date/Time

Activity and Location

1

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

2

Sunday 21 January

10.00 am

 

Balloo Wetland & Woodland, Bangor - Meadow Management

This is a site belonging to Ulster Wildlife and includes mature woodland and a wetland. We will be helping to maintain the meadow area.

Leader: Ken Orr

3

Sunday 4 February

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: Anne Hardcastle

4

Sunday 18 February

10.00 am

 

 

Slievenacloy Nature Reserve, Belfast Hills - Scrub Clearance

We will be clearing scrub and woody vegetation in a number of important habitats, where scrub and bushes are beginning to shade out other plants and wild flowers.

Leader: Sam Hastings

5

Saturday 24 February

7.00 pm

 

Evening Social Event in Belfast

An evening out. Confirm with Ken that you are going by16 February.

6

Sunday 4 March

10.00 am

Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh - Hedge Planting

A new section of wildlife friendly hedge is being planted.

Leader: Janis Lunn

7

Sunday 18 March

10.00 am

 

 

Saintfield Estate, Saintfield - Woodland Management

Further clearance of laurel and rhododendron to improve the woodlands and encourage wildlife.

Leader: Ken Orr

8

Sunday 8 April

10.00 am

 

 

Knockbracken Allotments, South Belfast - Coppicing Small Trees

An area of small trees have now outgrown the site and need cut back, to let in more light along the paths. 

Leader: Anne Hardcastle

9

Sunday 22 April

10.00 am

 

 

Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast - Path Maintenance

This is an urban wildlife site belonging to Ulster Wildlife. Work will involve path maintenance, to keep good public access, so more people can enjoy the site.

Leader: Sam Hastings     

10

Sunday 6 May

10.00 am

 

 

Mourne Mountains, 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 and a significant feature in the Mourne Mountains.

Leader: Ken Orr

11

Saturday 12 May

7.00 pm

 

An Evening Walk in Spring

An evening stroll at an interesting location in the greater Belfast area. 

 

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