Saturday was bright and sunny, the perfect weather for painting stiles within the Mournes. A group of 8 set off from Donard car park laden with wood preservative and fresh new treads to give the Mourne stiles a wee bit of TLC. First on the hit list was ‘Happy valley’. Both stiles, the one at the top of the car park and the other up at wall received nice new treads and a fresh coat of paint.In addition to painting we managed to collect a bagful of rubbish in and around the car park.
Moving on from HappyValley we stopped at two stiles up near Foffany Dam. With four stiles under our belt, lunch was served at Ott car park. Following a quick bite and a cup of tea the team went onto repair two stiles at Ott and some more litter picking before moving to the final two stiles of the day up at Spelga Dam.
After receiving the same treatment as before, the Mourne Conservation Volunteers called it day having repaired 8 stiles and collected at least 8 bags of rubbish and 5 car tyres. Mourne Heritage Trust would like to thank all those who came out on Saturday and contributed to the upkeep of the Mournes.