GRASS ROOTS CONSERVATION GROUP

PRACTICAL CONSERVATION WORK PROGRAMME

November 2023 - April 2024

 

No

Date/Time

                                            Activity and Location

26

Sunday 12 November

10.00am

 

Rea's Wood, Antrim - Woodland Management

We will be clearing salmonberry and other invasive species in this woodland nature reserve on the shore of Lough Neagh.

Leader: Janis Lunn

27

Sunday 26 November

10.00am

 

Bog Meadows Nature Reserve, Belfast - Hedge Cutting

Bog Meadows is an important urban nature reserve managed by Ulster Wildlife. We will be maintaining hedgerows along the lanes, some of which we planted around 20 years ago.

Leader: Ken Orr

28

Sunday 10 December

10.00am

 

Derryanvil, near Portadown - Wildlife Garden Work

Rebuilding a field boundary by creating a new hedge bank to be planted up later. Some coppice management of young trees as well.

Leader: Janis Lunn

29

Sunday 17 December

2.00pm

 

Making environmentally friendly Christmas decorations, near Carryduff

Making Christmas decorations using natural materials such as ivy, pine and evergreen foliage.

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1

Sunday 7 January

10.00am

Derryanvil, near Portadown - Wildlife Garden Work

Various improvements and maintenance jobs in the wildlife garden.

Leader: Janis Lunn

2

Sunday 21 January

10.00am

October Wood, near Carryduff - Coppicing

We will be coppicing an area of hazel in the woodland. Coppicing helps change the age structure of the wood and increases its wildlife potential.

Leader: Sam Hastings 

3

Sunday 4 February

10.00am

 

Saintfield Estate, Saintfield - Woodland Management

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

Leader: Nicola Paul

4

Sunday 18 February

10.00am

 

Tolan's Point Nature Reserve, north of Lurgan - Scrub Clearance

Clearnce of brambles and other scrub at this nature reserve on the shore of Lough Neagh.

Leader: Janis Lunn

5

Saturday 24 February

 

Ballynature Day

Environmental exhibitions and activities spread across several church halls and other venues in Ballynure village. Grass Roots will be exhibiting at this event and help would be welcome.

6

Sunday 3 March

10.00am

 

Castlewellan Forest Arboretum - Scrub Clearance

Castlewellan Forest Park is running a project to develop and enhance the arboretum and walled garden. We will help with some scrub clearance, and listen to a talk about the history and biodiversity of the arboretum.

Leader: Ken Orr

7

Sunday 24 March

10.00am

 

Fort House Farm, near Dundrod - Tree Planting

Planting native trees to help improve biodiversity, landscape and wildlife.

Leader: Nicola Paul

8

Sunday 7 April

10.00am

 

Brackagh Moss Nature Reserve, near Portadown - Path Improvements

Work to improve some muddy and overgrown paths, to improve public access and use of the nature reserve.

Leader: Robert Shearman

To attend any of these events phone Ken Orr at 07901 944 001

or email:    grassrootsni@fastmail.fm        Website: www.grassrootsni.org