Heritage hedgerow sessions for Mid-Ulster

The Heritage Hedgerows project is currently underway in the Sperrins area.
The Heritage Hedgerows project is currently underway in the Sperrins area.

HEDGEROW management sessions will be delivered at Springhill House, Moneymore, on Friday (January 31) from 11am to 12.30pm and at the former Plantation Centre, Draperstown, on Friday, February 7 from 7pm to 8.30pm.

Sperrins Gateway Landscape Partnership is currently delivering a Heritage Hedgerows project in the east Sperrins.

The project aims to raise awareness of the importance of hedgerows and hopes to promote good practice in the skills and techniques of field boundary management.

Last Friday (January 24) Sperrins Gateway staff welcomed landowners, farmers and the public to the first of three awareness sessions on the topic of hedgerow management.

Guest speaker Alastair Cameron from the college of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), led the session and answered questions posed by the audience.

Mark Edgar, local Biodiversity Officer, was also on hand to highlight the wildlife value the hedgerows play.

Hedgerow management and the techniques of hedge-laying have been developed to make fields stock proof.

Hedgerows also play an important role in marking the ladder farms, field, townland and parish boundaries which give the Sperrins landscape its familiar character.

This project and events are supported by the NGO challenge fund 2014 and Heritage Lottery Fund, NGO Challenge fund is administered by the Northern Ireland Environment Link.

Booking is essential as places are limited so if you are interested in attending please contact Helen on 028 7962 8750.