Woodland Trust Volunteers go behind the scenes at National Trust venue
On 28th August, 15 volunteers from across Northern Ireland came together for a special visit to Mount Stewart a National Trust owned estate.
Set alongside Strangford lough on the Ards Peninsula the estate spans across 1000 acres.
Woodland Trust volunteers were met by National Trust Area Ranger Toby Edwards who imparted a wealth of knowledge and experience around conservation, how to gear up for woodland management moving into autumn and visitor experience during a privately guided tour of the estate. The tour included the publicly accessible woodlands and excitingly areas that are only now being prepared to open to the public in the coming year making us the first to explore the area!
Toby also heads up the Ards Red Squirrel Group and shared insight into how they have grown the red squirrel population on the estate form 10 to 46 over the past couple of years!
A fantastic day out was had by all and we are looking forward to taking forward some ideas we picked up from Toby within some of our own woodlands!
Hopefully we will get a chance to return to the estate in the coming years to see how it has progressed.