Tag Archives: Volunteers

Beach combing – without a bang

Beach combing can be great fun.  You never know what you will find – often a colourful shell, curiously patterned stone or interestingly shaped piece of driftwood. However, during a recent beach clean, the National Trust Volunteer Group discovered something … Continue reading

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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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Cubs Clean Up Nature Reserve

Although Strangford Lough is a Marine Nature Reserve, it unfortunately still gets treated like a rubbish dump by a large number of inconsiderate and thoughtless people.  Huge quantities of litter wash up on the shore, which is not only unsightly, but … 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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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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Horse Island

About a mile south of Kircubbin, on the Ards Peninsula, the National Trust owns a large area of rugged coastline, some agricultural fields and the adjoining Horse Island.  The car park is not signed so it is easily missed but … 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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