Ervey Wood makes up part of Ness Country Park, located juts a few miles out of Derry its an Ancient woodland and forms part of the Faughan Valley, I'm a regular at Ervey, and on Saturday myself, leanne and Gracie went for a wee dander up....It was cold but there was lots to enjoy, here's some pics from around the woodland
Organic Horticultural and Eco-education Course with Faughan Valley Lanscape Partnership
We are pleased to offer this free course facilitated by Radio Foyle Gardener Gareth Austin, suitable for adults working in an education setting such as a school, wildlife club, playgroup, or youth club.
The course should provide participants with the following:
The course will be held in Claudy on the following dates. Attendance on all these dates is essential.
Tuesdays, 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Tuesday 9th April
Tuesday 23rd April
Tuesday 7th May
Tuesday 21st May
Places are limited and booking before 15th March is essential. Priority will be given to educators in the Faughan Valley area.
This course is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.
Placed booked by contacting email@example.com
Some along Sunday from 1-6pm, Faughan ValleyLandscape Partnership and Ashbrook Estate have come together to deliver this exciting heritage event. Come along to learn more about this historic house and family that helped shape the Faughan Valley area. Meet characters from the past while you enjoy a guided tour of the house. Explore the estate with the help of expert foragers who will help you recognise food for free from the woodlands and gardens. Try your hand at heritage skills such as basket weaving and wood turning and children can enjoy nature activities in the woods. Lastly all are invited to enjoy the sights, smells and tastes at the cookery demonstrations with chefs using foraged and home grown produce.
Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership and Ashbrook Estate have come together to deliver an exciting heritage event on Sunday 21stApril from 1.00pm – 6.00pm. ‘A Country Estate Forage Day’ has something for everybody and will offer the public a chance to learn more about Ashbrook’s historic house, estate and family that helped shape the Faughan Valley area in the 1600s.
Burntollet Wood is the new forest being planted by Woodland Trust, its up beside Ervey Wood and these two and Ness Wood form Ness Country Park. This week myself and City and Guilds Students from North West Regional College joined the Faughan Valley Regineration Group for a day fun exploring the woodland and planting trees...
on Saunday I was joined by a few folks....(some got lost getting there lol....and some never found me but were somewhere else in the forest lol)....for a group exploratory forage for mushrooms and other seasonal goodies around Learmoungt Forest in Park Village, Co Derry. It was a bright morning when we set off but turned to rain by lunchtime...but we have an enjoyable 3 hours tracking through the expansive forest
The purpose of our tour was to try to get a hand on what types of mushrooms grow in Learmount....where they were...and then work out which, if any, have the potential to be edible. All todays mushrooms were discarded afterwards, as they may cross-contaminate each other when mixed in the bag. In future we will know which ones are edible and we will only pick them ones....
we found a wide range of mushroom and fungii as you can see, loads of different types, now's the fun part......trying to get names for them all.....anyone any ideas???
(Remember don't eat any mushrooms unless you are 100% sure they're edible!!!!)
Todays exercise was about mapping what we have, not gathering to eat.
Last Friday myself and the HOPE (Horticulture Organic Produce Environmental) students from The Playtrail who are doing a City and Guilds Level1 in Horticulture joined the Conservation Volunteers for some Oak sapling planting in Claudy Country Park....we planted these 4+5 year old oak saplings which had been gathered from acorns from the wood previously and growin on in mushroom boxes...
saplings being planted
RAPID, Derry City Council and the Woodland Trust have come together to form the
Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership which aims to “create a vibrant, natural
and cultural diverse landscape within the Faughan Valley that the whole
community appreciates, and is engaged with, making it a sustainable landscape
for living.” and it was as part of this we were called to action!
the pictures are a bit deceptive.....it was lashing rain...and I mean lashing, so after a few hours the group were getting a bit fed-up and restless, so I was delighted that landscpaer Paul O'Kane from Garden Care Landscapes showed up to offer some inspiration and gee-up the guys....
Details of the project can be seen here in the Londonderry Sentinel piece...
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