Wild Garlic Pesto

It was a beautifully sunny day and we set off with Dermot (http://forageireland.com/) from the White House along Glas-na-braden Glen.  With a promise of ‘plenty of wild garlic’ in the glen even Dermot was surprised when the smell of garlic greeted us … [Read more...]

Rea’s Wood BIG Spring Clean

Rea's Wood BIG Spring Clean When: Join the Rea's Wood BIG Spring Clean on Saturday 23rd April, starting at 10.30am. Where? A transport service will be provided for volunteers, picking up from Lough Shore Park, Antrim. Volunteers attending … [Read more...]

Hazelbank Park

Hazelbank Park is an excellent park in Newtownabbey as it is situated on the shores of Belfast Lough and offers fantastic views to Belfast, Carrickfergus and County Down. Within the park you will find mature woodland - remnants of the old estate … [Read more...]

Newtownabbey Way

The Newtownabbey Way is a walking/cycling path from the shores of Belfast Lough to the centre of Newtownabbey.  The path follows the valley of the Threemilewater and leads the visitor from coastal habitats, through the river corridor habitats, open … [Read more...]

Burnside River Walk

This delightful river walk is beside Burnside village.  The Doagh River runs alongside the path and there is an abundance of wildlife to be seen. Keep your eyes peeled for kingfishers, otters and dippers who enjoy the good water quality. The variety … [Read more...]

Threemilewater Conservation Park

This is an open country park with the river corridor, meadow and woodland areas.  Considerable new planting took place in co-operation with the Woodland Trust in 2006 to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar. Over 3000 trees were … [Read more...]

Sixmilewater Park

The Sixmilewater is actually 30km long rising close to Ballyboley Forest and flowing to Lough Neagh.  There any many different stories about how the Sixmilewater got its name.  One such story is that many years ago, the Roman soldiers, defending … [Read more...]

Valley Park

This is a green oasis within the urban area of Newtownabbey which combines walking routes with a variety of habitats including river, woodland, open space and ponds.  Much of the woodland in this area is part of a community planting scheme which took … [Read more...]

Monkstown Wood Local Nature Reserve

Monkstown Wood is a Woodland Trust site designated as a Local Nature Reserve by Newtownabbey Borough Council in 2007.  A path following the course of the Threemilewater leads the visitor along the river corridor, through woodlands, open spaces and … [Read more...]

Carnmoney Hill Local Nature Reserve

Carnmoney Hill is one of the greatest landmarks within the Borough of Newtownabbey. Carnmoney takes its name from Cairn Monadh 'the cairn on the boggy mountain', a burial chamber that originally stood on the summit of Carnmoney Hill.The publicly … [Read more...]