Hedgerow Hopes

Species-rich hedgerows are important to us as well as to our wildlife.  They are of historical importance often marking townland or estate boundaries.  They also:

  • provide colour, shelter and food,
  • act as stock barriers, and
  • prevent soil erosion.

Unfortunately, many of our native hedgerows have lost a lot of these benefits due to neglect or mismanagement.  Belfast City, Antrim, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey councils have teamed up to restore and enhance the hedgerows in these areas.

You can play your part too. We want people to get involved to help restore and manage these habitats.  We’ll provide you with training to help you develop skills required to support the restoration programme.

Over the next two years we will be running foraging events and training workshops in autumn and winter.

Upcoming events in Belfast

20 and 21 April – Spring Fair from 1.30pm – 5.30pm.  A weekend of family fun at Barnett Demesne.  Come along and learn why hedgerows are important and what animals rely on them.

27 of April – Spring Forage from 2pm – 4.30pm at Cave Hill.  Meeting point Belfast Caslte.
Join us for foraging at Cave Hill and discover the natural Spring bounty.  Learn how to use and cook with plants such as wild garlic and spring greens.

To get involved in the Hedgerow Hopes Project, or to book on these events contact Orla Maguire on 9032 0202 Ext 6652 or email biodiversity@belfastcity.gov.uk.

This project is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, ‘Your Heritage Programme’ in partnership with Antrim, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey Councils.