Get involved and help make Flagstaff viewpoint woodier

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Friday, November 15th, 2013
Community, What's On

The Ring of Gullion AONB project has received over 800 trees from the Woodland Trust and they are asking the local community to get involved in a tree planting event on the 23rd November from 11.00am until 3.00pm at Flagstaff View Point.

The trees, all native broadleaved species, will grow into a flourishing young wood in as little as 10 years.

The project applied for 2 tree packs from the Woodland Trust to enhance the Flagstaff area and enrich the local environment while creating new homes for wildlife.

Therese Hamill, Ring of Gullion Officer explained to Newry Times, “I would encourage anyone that enjoys the great outdoors to come along on the 23rd and meet like-minded people. Even if you just have a half an hour/hour to give, that is enough. We can plant a lot of trees in that time.

“This event will be a partnership between the Ring of Gullion Conservation Volunteers, Action for Biodiversity, Mourne Heritage Trust, Louth County Council and Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism project. We are planning to create a programme of monthly conservation events and more information on this will be provided on the day.”

“It is also the start of National Tree Week, which is the largest annual tree celebration launching the start of the winter tree planting season. It is the perfect time to inspire more people to plant trees in their local area. Trees make a huge impact on our rural and urban landscapes, and this week will see thousands more planted right across the country.”

If you’re free on Saturday 23rd November, you could join in to make your area greener and bringing all the benefits trees have to offer to your surroundings. Trees provide oxygen, lock up harmful carbon, trap pollutants to give us cleaner air and water, and provide a fantastic habitat for wildlife.

If you would like to plant some trees on Saturday 23rd November, please come prepared. Wear suitable warm clothing and a pair of sturdy boots or wellies.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Alison Henderson, Geotourism Education Officer by the 18th November on 028 3025 6653 or info@mournecooleygullion.com. More information is available on the Ring of Gullion Website www.ringofgullion.org or the facebook page.


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