Funding boost for Sperrins projects

The Sperrins.
The Sperrins.

Projects totalling over £31,000 have been completed in the area during the first three months of the year by Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership

The projects - The Story of Lime, Salmon and Dollaghan in the Classroom, and Heritage Hedgerows have been made possible by funding from the NGO Challenge Fund 2014.

It is hoped that The Sperrins Gateway team will follow this success with many other important conservation and traditional heritage projects throughout the year.

The Story of Lime project brought to life the heritage of the once thriving lime industry of the foothills of Slieve Gallion.

The project involved two primary schools, reminiscence training, talks and a bus trip.

Salmon and Dollaghan in the Classroom project, working with the Moyola Angling Club and Northern Ireland Environment Agency, engaged three primary schools along the Moyola river to care for salmon eggs, raising them in a classroom hatchery.

Over 90 pupils from Moneyneena, Tobermore and Straw, learnt about the salmon’s life cycle and mini beasts, before releasing the young fry back into the Moyola.

Heritage Hedgerows was designed to increase the awareness and knowledge of the countryside skill of hedge laying and the importance of hedgerows for biodiversity in the Sperrins Gateway landscape.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the work of the Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership, please contact the office on 028 7962 8750.