Crommelin Wood (The Walks) UPDATE JULY 2019

Over the last two years the DCDA have been gradually restoring the wood for use by the community and visitors as an attractive woodland setting in the heart of Donaghadee.

Unfortunately, over the last number of weeks, some 50 small native trees (mainly beech, laurel, holly, and hawthorn) which were planted during the winter 2018, have been taken from the site or uprooted and dumped in the surrounding area.

More recently, the Moat Stream which skirts the border of the site has been the subject of dumping, with an attempt to block the natural flow of the stream and obstruct the water course outlet at the entrance to the wood.

It is regrettable that this facility is the subject of antisocial activities, threatening the continuation of the project, which up to now has been fully supported by schools and the wider community and we would appeal to anyone with a knowledge of those responsible for the theft or vandalism to ask them to desist. As it is, the Association is forced to reconsider plans for further development of the area which included the establishment of a boardwalk and seating in the wetland area of the wood.

In the meantime, as we have no funds for replanting, we would appeal for support from any individual, group or business who would help finance or assist with the planting of replacement trees in October/November this year.

On a positive note, the woodland will be the centre attraction for the Teddy Bears Picnic to be held on Sunday 28 July at 2.30 as part of the Donaghadee Summer Festival.

Help is needed with the Summer Clean-up of the Wood and surrounding area which will take place on Friday 26 July at 6.30. This will include BBQ food for the helpers and volunteer tee shirts for adults and children (while stock last) for each full/nearly full rubbish bag placed for disposal at the end of the evening clean-up.