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Geology Walk at Portmuck

Saturday 1st July
Port Muck
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Go Wild with the Rangers

Saturday 1st July
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Car Bazaar

Saturday 1st July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rubbish Art

Saturday 1st July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Music Sessions in the Drying Green

Sunday 2nd July
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Lazy Sundays

Sunday 2nd July
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Foster Green Hospital, South Belfast – Laurel Clearance

Sunday 2nd July
Foster Green Hospital, South Belfast
Free

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Butterfly Safari

Saturday 8th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

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Pirates Picnic

Wednesday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Teddy Bears Picnic

Wednesday 12th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 14th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Geology Walk at Bloody Bridge

Saturday 15th July
Bloody Bridge
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 19th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

We Want to Hear From You

Thursday 20th July
Castle Archdale
Free

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A Stroll in the Summer Garden

Saturday 22nd July
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Pop up Camping

Saturday 22nd July
Florence Court
Two person tent £30

Summer Music Series

Sunday 23rd July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 26th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

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Woodland Craft Skills Day

Friday 28th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Have a go at: Bushcraft Fire

Saturday 29th July
Strangford Lough
Adult Free, Child £3

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‘Old Homer’ heads for Europe 6 February 2017

County Down oak represents Northern Ireland in European competition

A remarkable County Down oak, recently crowned Northern Ireland’s best–loved tree, is now competing for votes in the European Tree of the Year contest.

The holm oak, a mighty evergreen oak in Rostrevor’s Kilbroney Park, secured the title of Northern Ireland’s Tree of the Year in a competition organised by the Woodland Trust; and was unveiled in a Channel 4 documentary Tree of the Year with Ardal O’Hanlon last December. 

It now faces stiff competition from 15 other trees from as far away as Bulgaria. Run by the Environmental Partnership Association1, the European verdict is simple – the tree with the most public votes at the end of February will win.

The 200–year–old oak, affectionately and locally known as ‘Old Homer’, was nominated by Alistair Livingstone on behalf of LIGHT 2000 community group.

Alistair said: “This tree has been well–loved by generations of locals and visitors who have gathered under its huge canopy for festivals and more. We’ve worked hard to put ‘Old Homer’ in the spotlight, and indeed we’re determined to encourage an appreciation of the many remarkable trees within this park. We really hope that members of the public will make their mark by way of a simple vote.”

Patrick Cregg, director of the Woodland Trust, added: “Centuries–old, this striking natural landmark reaches out to visitors at Kilbroney’s Fairy Glen entrance. And, while it distinctively leans at an angle, this oak is standing tall for all of Northern Ireland’s amazing, unsung trees. 

“We’re appealing to everyone – right across the country – to take a second to vote and give ‘Old Homer’ the backing he deserves.”

Today, Kilbroney Park is owned by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, and is freely open to all. It has, over the centuries, enjoyed its fair share of famous owners and visitors2. And, with breath–taking views overlooking Carlingford Lough, is said to have inspired CS Lewis’ magical land of Narnia. The Trust hopes that the Belfast–born writer “would have been proud” of his boyhood haunt’s recent achievement.

The Woodland Trust wants to see greater protection for our notable trees. More than 9,000 people throughout the UK have so far supported the charity’s V.I.Trees campaign, which calls for a register of Trees of National Special Interest.

To give the holm oak the European vote, head to http://www.treeoftheyear.org/ETY-2/Uvod.aspx#cast1 Voting ends on 28 February.

 

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