Discover Benburb Valley!
The Benburb Valley and River Blackwater, in Dungannon, Northern Ireland, is abundant with wildlife and has a rich and interesting heritage. With the help of Grow Wild Community Project funding the Benburb and District Community Association has opened up new pathways and improved the habitats for native species to thrive.
Last year, with the help of local young people, they cleared areas of woodland, planted bluebells and sowed wild flower areas. This year they have added their very own wildlife heritage trail and mobile app.
The trail is packed full of facts, quizzes and activities for young people who can access sound files and interactive content on their mobile phone through QR code markers. The app is designed to engage the local community and visitors in learning more about the area, its history and diverse habitats. The inspiration for the project came from Damian Mullan, chair of BDCA, who was keen to attract new people to the valley, especially young people.
Damian said, “Our aim was to link the modern world of technology with nature to attract more people to an area of natural beauty on their doorstep. Since the trail was launched we have seen an increase in visitors from neighbouring villages as well as interest from local schools….
It has really captured the imagination of a wide range of people who might not otherwise have come to Benburb Valley. Young people really love the activities and we’re looking forward to a surge in visits next spring and summer when the bluebell woods and wild flowers are in their full glory.”
The group have ongoing plans to develop new areas of the valley and will continue to run volunteering days and build in new activities for the trail.
Inspired? Click HERE to find out how you can apply now to be part of our 2016 community projects. The closing date for applications is 1 December 2015. Just think what your group could achieve!