The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership was proud to officially open the new sensory trail at Slieve Gullion Forest Park on Saturday 8th June 2019. Chairperson Councillor Charlie Casey of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council had the honour of cutting the ribbon, ably assisted by children from Autism Families Newry.
The trail, designed by Brilliant Trails in close consultation with Autism Families Newry, was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Newry, Mourne and Down District Council. Its purpose is to provide an immersive sensory experience in a quieter part of the Slieve Gullion Forest Park.
“It is fantastic to add to the facilities on offer for children and adults with additional sensory needs.” Said Chairperson Councillor Charlie Casey, “Spending time in forests, exploring and interacting with nature has many proven health benefits. I hope visitors enjoy exploring the forest using all their senses. I particularly enjoyed writing my own poem inspired by nature and walking barefoot on the ‘Bare your Soles’ section.” He continued.
Attendees at the launch got to explore the different activity points on the trail, such as, the ‘Blind Rope Challenge, ‘Treasure Tree Hunt’ and ‘Eye Spy a Troll’ before being treated to hot chocolate and other goodies.
Everyone is warmly invited to explore the new trail on your next visit to Slieve Gullion Forest Park.