Faughan Valley Treescape NI – HLF support
The Faughan Valley runs from the foothills of the Sperrin Mountains along the beautiful River Faughan to the outskirts of Derry~Londonderry. Covering some 80 square miles, it has been identified as an area of strategic importance and the focus of our Treescape ambitions in Northern Ireland.
The river and its tributaries have well-earned environmental designations in recognition of the huge variety of plants and animals. Alongside pockets of precious ancient woodland – a habitat even rarer in Northern Ireland than elsewhere in the UK – have been the inspiration for us to build a project around their protection.
We applied for HLF (Heritage Lottery Funding) and received funding of over £50,000 for the first phase of the project. It’s a boost that will enable us to create plans over the next 18 months for a massive £1 million initiative.
The second stage of funding will support 3 years of delivery with 2 project officers in post, concentrating their efforts on the connection and protection of the ancient woodland fragments, extensive riparian planting, connecting people with trees and woods, farm resilience, access and interpretation. While this funding will deliver some elements of the Treescape for a short period of time, there is still a lot to do to make everything we aim to achieve a reality and see real transformational change on a landscape scale.
A huge thank you goes out to the project team in Northern Ireland and Grantham for getting us this far and keeping the project on track. Let’s hope that Treescapes will deliver bigger, better, more joined up landscape in the Faughan Valley!