There was a fantastic turn out on Wednesday 24th July which saw the last of the open community consultations for the Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme. The final consultation was themed around industrial heritage. On the night people got to feel the quality of the linen that was produced in Bessbrook. They also got to see pictures of workers from the mill as well as talk to former mill workers.
The partnership, supported by the National Lottery’s heritage lottery Fund, aims to address the threats and opportunities to protect the landscape of the Ring of Gullion and raise awareness and encourage local community involvement in the historic, cultural and environmental features of the Ring of Gullion. The partnership will create more opportunities for physical, intellectual and sensory access to the Ring of Gullion, and highlight its recreation potential, local culture and its internationally important biodiversity and geology.
Darren Rice, Ring of Gullion Officer said, “We have had a great turn out over the four nights and it’s fantastic that there is so much enthusiasm for heritage in the area.” He continued, “If people have missed out on the open nights they still have an opportunity to have their say until 16th August by completing a short questionnaire. On the 28th August there will be one final discussion on the projects but no new ideas can be brought to the table at that stage.”
You can find more information on the project and how to have your say by visiting www.ringofgullion.org and looking for the Landscape Partnership Project and clicking on the relevant links.