EVENT DETAILS: Saturday 14th November, 10am – 3 pm
We are continuing to create a walking trail along the bank of the Ben Crom reservoir. This trail is one of two that we have recently begun maintaining to reduce the amount of ‘desire lines’ created by hill walkers. By using just one trail, we can reduce the degradation of other, more sensitive areas on the hillside that may have important mountain flora or fauna. If you would like to come along to this event, or learn more, please contact Rachel Bolt on [email protected], or call us at the Silent Valley office: 028 4176 9825 / 028 4176 5489. Alternatively, just turn up at the Silent Valley Ranger Service House at 9.45 on the day, and join the team!
NB. REMEMBER TO BRING STURDY FOOTWEAR, WARM CLOTHES AND A PACKED LUNCH!
On Saturday 17th October we held our annual Active Lifestyles Project Volunteer Awards and Celebration event at Silent Valley Gate Lodge. We had lots of activities in the morning, including harvesting the spuds from the garden, building bird boxes and pressing juice from apples collected from our apple trees. Our volunteers from the AMAL group prepared the lunch of Sudanese style food which everyone agreed was absolutely delicious. We then made the awards to our volunteers for Best Group and Best Individual. The final big event was the drumming circle activity which got everyone involved in making music together with African drums and percussion which was great fun. A great day – thanks to everyone who helped make it such a success.
On Saturday 21st June Shimna College was the hub for a cultural exchange. Locals and Mourne Conservation Volunteers were joined by displaced Sudanese from the Durfur region. Sharif, a geologist and originally from Sudan shared a detailed description of Marrah Mountains in Darfur to a wide audience. This was reciprocated by Dr. Siobhan Power from the Mourne Gullion Cooley Geotourism who shared the land history, rock type and formations of our very own Mournes.
Later on we were all quizzed on what we had learned!
Everyone participated in a ceilidh before being served a traditional Sudanese BBQ.
Many thanks to Shima College for providing an excellent venue, Mediation Northern Ireland, Sharif, Dr. Power and ADNI for making this day perfect.
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On Saturday the Mourne Conservation Volunteers where at Dunnywater, Annalong Valley in Mourne Heritage Trust’s tree nursery.
We had a good turnout of volunteers, 14 in total to give our young oak saplings a wee bit of TLC. With over 4000 oak trees planted in our tree nursery four years ago which had become smothered in brambles and grasses. Equipped with secateurs and a thick pair of gloves the volunteers entered a jungle to clear the brambles in order to give the trees some breathing space.
Once the daylight had been restored to the base of the trees they were able to be dug up, bundled and temporally ‘heeled in’ before being planted out come spring time. Mourne Heritage Trust has secured over 60 acres of land for planting within the Mourne area as part of the ‘Trees for Mourne’ programme. Mourne Heritage Trust would like to thank all the volunteers for all their hard work. The Next MCV event is on Saturday 22nd February where our aim is to start planting out the saplings.
The Mourne Conservation Volunteers were out in force on Saturday preparing little oak and hazel whips for planting in the New Year, as part of the ‘Trees for Mourne’ project. The project supplies and plants a mixture of native oak and hazel trees into the Mourne Area. With our tree nursery bursting with saplings and with the prospect of planting in the spring looming the volunteers dug out the oaks, bundling them into groups of ten and tying them together, in a reef knot, using Cordyline leaves which are collected from the garden.
With the bare roots now exposed we needed to protect the roots from frost or drying out. The volunteers dug a trench, wide enough to fit the roots, in good draining conditions. In this case we used a sand bed. The roots of the trees were placed in the sand at an angle before covering the roots well with sand. This temporary storage measure is called ‘heeling in’. This gives the trees extra protection from the elements. Come spring time the saplings will be planted on land within the Mourne area. Approximately 400 trees were prepared on Saturday.
The next MCV event is taking place on Saturday 11th January, 10am at ‘Dunnywater’ (Annalong Valley Red Gates). We will be preparing more oaks for springtime planting. All welcome. This event is suitable for the whole family. Children must be supervised by an adult and all times. Please register your interest with Cathryn Cochrane, Volunteer Coordinator, Mourne Heritage Trust – [email protected] or 02841765489.