The Ring of Gullion team, Cullyhanna and Mullaghbane Community Associations and a number of partners are inviting all landowners and farmers to the last event of the Shared Landscape – Shared Waters project.
The team will be joined by the Woodland Trust and Carolyn Trimble from IndiWoods, a woodland creation agent who will be outlining benefits of planting trees on your land especially beside water and how you can access funding to create tree enhanced boundaries, traditional orchards, agro-forestry, new hedgerows, and riparian buffers (strips along the rivers).
Agro-forestry is a type of farming in which trees or shrubs are grown around or among crops/ animals grazing. There are many competing demands on our land. However, integrating trees and woodland into farmland can bring great benefits such as shade and shelter for animals, minimising run-off from fields, and reducing the impact of flooding. Trees in hedgerows, and small copses or shelter belts all contribute to creating more resilient landscapes.
Famers who have taken part of the Soil Sampling part of the project will also get an update on the findings of the tests and given advice on the next steps for saving money on fertiliser and manures. There will be a site visit to Padraig Carragher’s Slieve Gullion Pods and his newly planted 5ha woods.
Tracey McVerry, an artist with ROGHA has being working with a Forkhill, Mullaghbane and Cullyhanna Primary Schools to gather their ideas of how the children want to use the rivers and lakes in the areas. Some of the artwork will be on display on the day.
This project is funded through the Northern Ireland’s Environment Agency’s Challenge Fund.
The Shared Waters-Shared Landscape Project is a partnership of between Mullaghbane and Cullyhanna Community Association, Dundalk Institute of Technology’s Centre for Freshwater and Environmental Studies, Ulster Farmer’s Union, Coomhola Salmon Trust Ltd., Newry Mourne and Down District Council’s Ring of Gullion Partnership and Woodland Trust .
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