Work Underway to Tidy Up “The Walks”

Donaghadee Community Development Association (DCDA) has been successful in an application for funding under the “Live Here Love Here” initiative to tidy up the wood at Crommelin Park which is better known as “The Walks”. The woodland which is owned by Ards and North Down Borough Council has become overgrown in parts and there is also lots of litter to be cleared.

The programme of work which DCDA hope to complete using both contractors and volunteers involves the provision of pathways, the clearing of some areas, replanting of trees and wildflowers and signage hopefully returning to past glories.

The Association will be seeking to involve local schools and the wider community in the project and hopes to complete the initial phases in the next 6 months. Adrian Kerr, an Association Committee member and Project Leader explained “The timescale is very challenging but I am confident that there are sufficient numbers of interested people in the community to complete this work on schedule. This woodland is very historic and I feel it is very important that we ensure its preservation for townsfolk and visitors to enjoy.”

The Woodland Trust has agreed to assist the Association. Patrick Gregg, Chief Executive, said “In many ways this project mirrors the highly successful project we completed at Kilcooley where some 17 years ago, local groups and schoolchildren helped the Woodland Trust plant thousands of native trees including oak, willow, alder and birch in the wetter areas. Today, the young trees have flourished and already tower several feet above the tallest of walkers. It would be great to have a similar development in Donaghadee”

Anyone interested in assisting in the project is invited to contact the Project Team via the Get in Touch page or by emailing info@visitdonaghadee.com.

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