Four members of Mourne YFC recently spent a sunny Saturday at Ardaluin House in Newcastle taking part in Ulster Wildlife’s Grassroots Challenge - an exciting youth empowerment initiative which is led by Ulster Wildlife and provides young people with the skills, knowledge and confidence to give nature a helping hand in their local communities, through the delivery of ‘wild idea’ projects.
Mourne YFC club members Darren, Rebecca, Emma and John planted a mixture of 50 Oak, Willow and Hazel trees that were provided by the Mourne Heritage Trust on the grounds of Ardaluin House.
Ardaluin House is a beautiful forty bed residential centre based on eight acres of woodland, managed by Belfast Activity Centre. Over the past four years, BAC staff and volunteers have fundraised and worked tirelessly to regenerate the house and grounds for future forest schooling and outdoor adventure opportunities.
After the trees were planted and as a thank you for all the hard work and volunteering that the YFCU members had put in, BAC provided the opportunity for them to climb a tree.
If your club would like to arrange a Wild Ideas project then get in touch with your Project Officer. Belfast Activity Centre is keen to get volunteers down to help develop the grounds and can provide outdoor activity experiences as thanks.
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