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Volunteer Opportunity – Cherry Laurel Clearance

Volunteer Opportunity – Cherry Laurel Clearance

Please note: There is no volunteering on Saturday 5th October due to bad weather forecast.

Regular visitors to Slieve Gullion Forest Park, may be well away of the thick growth of cherry laurel along the entrance drive way and along many of the central walking paths in the forest. We are looking for volunteers to spare a few hours helping us to clear some of the cherry laurel. We are focusing on the Slieve Gullion cherry laurel for the first part of the winter vegetation clearance to try and make the biggest impact possible in time for the spring.

Clearing the cherry laurel will allow more light to reach the forest floor and will revive the forest floor flowers and plants that can’t survive in the thick shade created by the cherry laurel, it will also lighten up the entrance driveway and give visitors a better view of the surrounding countryside. When similar work was carried out at Ravensdale Forest, Co. Louth, the forest looked completely different by the second spring, where previously there had been dark bare soil under gloomy laurel there was a riot of colour from wild forest flowers.

Volunteers will be using hand tools and full training will be provided. We will only be tackling the bits of cherry laurel that we can safely manage, any larger bits will be left in place for a professional to deal with.

You need to bring:

  • weather appropriate clothing;
  • sturdy footwear (hiking boots are ideal); and
  • a packed lunch (though if you’d prefer a hot meal, Synge & Bryne café provide a varied menu).

The best place to park is in the overflow car park; the gravel car park on the left as you approach the main car parking area.

Registration essential


Event Details

Volunteer Opportunity – Cherry Laurel Clearance takes place on September 21, 2019 until November 30, 2019.
It starts at 11.00 and ends at 15.00.

Event Location

Over flow car park
Slieve Gullion Forest Park
89 Drumintee Road
BT35 8SW

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