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Strangford Lough Working Holiday

Last week, we were very fortunate to be joined by 13 visitors on a National Trust Working Holiday.  Most of these individuals had never been to Northern Ireland before, so Strangford Lough was certainly a good place to explore first.  … Continue reading

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The End in Sight for Taggart Scrub

The start of March is an important date in our Volunteer Group’s calendar.  It marks the start of the bird nesting season and is therefore the date when we stop all scrub clearing and hedge cutting.  The removal of scrub on our … Continue reading

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Schoolhouse Garden Restoration

On Saturday, the volunteer group met at the Old Schoolhouse on the Portaferry Road.  This had originally been built to educate the children of the staff who worked on the Mount Stewart Estate.  In more recent years, it had been … Continue reading

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Darragh Island

This week, our volunteer group went to Darragh Island.  This National Trust owned island is on the western side of Strangford Lough, not far from Killinchy and Whiterock. Darragh is a great example of how the correct management can produce species-rich grassland with … Continue reading

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Blustery Knockinelder

This week’s plans to go to Nugent’s Wood had to be changed, because we didn’t fancy the idea of working under trees during such windy weather.  So we went to Knockinelder instead, just south of Kearney Village, near the southern … Continue reading

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Mud Island

This week, our volunteer group visited Mid Island, in Greyabbey Bay. Mid Island is partially wooded and has an old cottage (the cottage is not open to the public). On a bright day, the island is very picturesque and makes an interesting … Continue reading

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Killynether Revisited

Our volunteer group had another busy and enjoyable day at Killynether today. We finished off coppicing the section of hazel trees that we started in December (see the first article in this blog on 1st December 2012). As passionate conservationists, … Continue reading

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Put “Trust” in your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s January again so it must be time to make those New Year’s resolutions. We promise ourselves the same things every year: “I want to get healthy by taking regular exercise, perhaps loose a bit of weight, get out and … Continue reading

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25 years and still growing

Our local Volunteer Group had its first outing in 1987.  Over the following 25 years, the group has been very active, with hundreds of dedicated volunteers carrying out some fantastic projects all over the country.  Trees have been planted, hedges … Continue reading

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Killynether Coppicing

The first day of December was a beautifully crisp and bright day – perfect for getting outdoors and enjoying the scenery at Killynether Woods, overlooking the northern end of Strangford Lough.  There were over 20 of us today, and our … Continue reading

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