4th April 2018

UNESCO Global Geopark: Open Days – Celebrating Earth Heritage, Sustaining Local Communiites

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council is moving forward with plans to establish a UNESCO Global Geopark in the district’s three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); Mourne, Ring of Gullion and Strangford & Lecale.

UNESCO Global Geoparks promote sites of international geological value and are the basis of local sustainable development. the UNESCO Global Geopark brand does not impose any restrictions on planning or development. it works with local landowners, businesses and communities to use the natural heritage as a tool for sustainable tourism, economic development and better involve people in their landscape.

The programme of work towards developing a functioning UNESCO Global Geopark has been initiated with a plan to submit a successful bid to UNESCO by November 2019.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please attend one of the open days taking place in April 2018.


Sign up and stay up to date with our newsletter.

Sign up to ensure that you don’t miss out on any Ring of Gullion, Strangford Lough & Lecale Partnership, and Mourne Mountains Heritage Trust news and events!

Related news


Fish fry given new homes

Four schools within the Ring of Gullion area participated in our ‘Fish in the Classroom’ programme, supported by Lisa Kirkwood from Ballinderry River Trust.  Due to unavoidable delays starting the...

8 June, 2016 Read more

NASA: Visible Earth

Covered in heath, the solitary rocky hill known as Slieve Gullion rises above the farmland of Northern Ireland in this true-color Landsat image from May 24, 2001. According to Irish...

13 December, 2011 Read more