26th October 2018

Volunteers needed for bow saw massacre!

The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership needs volunteers to help remove cherry laurel from Slieve Gullion Forest Park on Saturdays 17th  November and 1st December. Removing the harmful cherry laurel will allow the restoration of native trees and plants which will improve the habitat for our wild animals, including our often elusive red squirrels.

“The cherry laurel creates a dark and uninviting entrance to the forest park; it also blocks light from the forest floor, preventing forest flowers, such as bluebells, from flowering. Removing the cherry laurel will once again allow light to reach the ground. We will then be able to plant native understorey trees, such as hazel and holly, which will benefit wildlife for years to come.” Mark Murnin, Chairman of Newry, Mourne & Down District Council said.

“Vegetation clearance is a fantastic workout and stress reliever. It is very satisfying clearing an area of cherry laurel and seeing the positive difference you have made to an area, especially when spring arrives and the forest flowers reclaim their lost territory,” said Alan Stapleton, Ring of Gullion Conservation Volunteer.

If you would like to join the cherry laurel bow saw massacre, to remove this invasive alien plant using hand tools, from 11am to 3pm on Saturday 17th November and 1st December, please visit here or call Alison on 028 3082 8594 for full information and to register.


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