Glas-na-Bradan Wood Volunteers complete first phase of planting
This spring, staff and volunteers at Glas-na-Bradan Wood are delighted to share the success of our first planting season.
Glas-na-Bradan Wood is an upland, farmed landscape and forms part of the Belfast Hills network. The 98 hectare site has been named after the Glas-na-Bradan stream following a public consultation with the local community.
From November 2021 to April 2022 we welcomed over 1,300 volunteers who helped to plant over 47,000 native trees. We had the pleasure of working alongside the Belfast Hills Partnership and their volunteers, which resulted in the planting of 4km of hedging round the outer boundary of the site within the deadline requested by NIEA.
We celebrated the end of the planting season with a picnic on site along with the Belfast Hills volunteers and thankfully the weather was perfect. We finished the day by having a walk along the lower slopes and we were treated to beautiful displays of wood anemone and primroses. We were also delighted to see our trees and hedges flourishing which was the ultimate reward for everyone.
As a well deserved ‘thank you’ for their commitment during the planting season, our volunteers were invited to
a ‘behind the scenes’ at new site Mourne Park in May. We enjoyed a 5 mile walk round the site and the spectacular
views of bluebells and the river. The volunteers are very much enjoying getting to know volunteers from different
sites as well as the staff.
As Volunteers’ Week approaches, the GNB volunteer team are looking forward to a foraging event at Carnmoney Hill where they will expand their knowledge of native plants, and get to try some local delicacies selected by our guide Clare. We look forward to the next planting season, and in the meantime we will be arranging woodland management tasks in Glas-na-Bradan Wood as well as other neighbouring sites for the summer ahead.
Laura Hopkins – Community Development Officer – Glas-na-Bradan Wood