On sunny Monday the 31st of March the Mayor of Ballymena, Mrs Audrey Wales MBE and Councillor Hubert Nicholl joined Mr. Cormac O’Loan’s second year geography class from St. Patrick’s College Ballymena to plant over six hundred trees at ecos Nature Park, including Dogrose, Hazel and Hawthorn.
The event was organised by the Local Biodiversity Officer, Ben Simon and the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust’s Nikki Maguire as part of a recent project undertaken with funding awarded through the Northern Ireland Environment Link’s, Challenge Fund.
The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust worked in partnership with the Local Biodiversity Officer to deliver a further two parts of the project. The first seen two hectares of willow felled, opening up a stretch of the park and allowing a better variety of plants and animals to make a home there. The second was six walk and talks in the nature park on Saturday mornings with all things investigated from pond-dipping to foraging for you own food. We had a great turn out and hope to run similar events again.