Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 December 2014

Ulster families urged to plant forests of the future

Wildife experts are calling on Ulster families to come and help them create the forests of the future - by collecting the seeds that will eventually sprout into huge trees.

The Ulster Wildlife Trust is calling for people to help collect fallen seeds at Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor from 2-4pm on Sunday, October 14, as part of a guided autumn walk to celebrate national Seed Gathering Season.

The event, organised by the Ulster Wildlife Trust in partnership with Newry and Mourne District Council, will focus on the native trees found in the park and will show people how to collect seeds and plant them into trees for the future.

Kilbroney Park lies close to the shore of Carlingford Lough in the shadow of the forest-clad Slieve Martin and is an area of great beauty where mountain, stream, lough and valley combine to give spectacular views.

The forest is home to a range of native tree species such as oak, ash and beech, and lots of wildlife, including some of the more elusive mammals such as pine martens, squirrels, foxes and badgers.

Cathy Bradshaw, Ulster Wildlife Trust's Outreach and Learning Manager, said: "This fun family afternoon out in glorious autumn surroundings will hopefully raise awareness of the need to gather seeds and plant trees, help people to identify our native trees and enjoy their beauty.

If you would like more details on this event or to make a booking please contact the Ulster Wildlife Trust on (028) 44830282, during office hours. This event is free of charge.

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