As part of Derry and Strabane’s Local Biodiversity Action Plan, Derry City Council is launching a series of hedgerow workshops, to offer advice and practical management training, to successfully create and manage hedgerows.
The first hedgerow event will be held on Thursday 5th September at 11:00am, meeting at the Brackfield Bawn car park, just off Glenshane Road at Killaloo. A bus will take participants from the car park to the farm site. This course will help you to identify the different hedgerow species, choose your hedge plants, stock proofing and attracting wildlife.
Christine Doherty, Derry City Council and Strabane District Council’s Biodiversity Officer explained, ‘The series of hedgerow workshops form part of the Hedgerows Grow West project, which is a partnership project across eleven councils in the west of Northern Ireland. The project aims to restore and enhance hedgerows for the benefit of biodiversity, through working with people and passing on vital skills in conservation. We will offer a series of hedgerow management workshops, to include hedgerow planting, trimming, laying and coppicing.
Hedgerows are a key feature of the Northern Ireland landscape. They provide food, shelter and act as a wildlife corridor for badgers, rabbits, hedgehogs, bees, birds and bats between woodlands, farmland, parks and gardens. They provide a vital habitat for birds to breed successfully. Hedgerows are important for farming, providing stock proofing and shelter belts for livestock. They help to reduce soil erosion, protect crops and support pollinators’.
This event is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Derry City Council and delivered in partnership with the Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership. As places are limited, booking is essential. For further information visit http://www.derrycity.gov.uk/Biodiversity/Projects or telephone Annie Mullan on 02871 337498 or email [email protected]