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Tree Planting Event on Belfast's Cave Hill

30 Nov 2013 2:20 PM | Rick McKee (Administrator)

The Friends of Cave Hill invited mountain bikers and walkers to get involved together in a tree planting event in the grounds of Belfast Castle on Saturday 30th November, helping to preserve Cave Hill for future generations.


Mountain biker and Cave Hill regular Bern McClure led the charge as the lead representative of the mountain bikers present, and it was a good opportunity for NIMBA to meet again and work on a joint project with some of the folks we had last met at the Red Bull Fox Hunt MTB race on Cave Hill in October 2012, an event which attracted quite a bit of controversy and spiky comment at the time.  


Bern told me that it was suggested in the planning that an event encouraging both walkers and bikers to get together in some joint activities would be a positive step in improving relationships and communication between everyone who uses Cave Hill for recreation, and so it turned out, with great chat and a job well done by all.


The 15 participants planted around 1,000 native trees in a couple of hours in an area of Belfast Castle grounds, with mountain bikes and walking poles swapped out for the session with spades, and after a couple of hours being further replaced with bacon butties in Belfast Castle itself.


A big thank you to the Cave Hill Conservation Group, Belfast City Council and Bern McClure of Cave Hill Mountain Bikers for making the event happen, as it was great to be involved, and we look forward to seeing the trees bud come springtime!

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