Help required to clear invasive plants at Throne Wood

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AN EVENT aimed at clearing away invasive plant species growing around established trees will take place at Throne Wood on Saturday, April 21.

Madeleine Kelly, Project Development Officer with Groundwork Northern Ireland, who are behind the event, said: “There is a large number of invasive species within the woodland and as a result it is very hard to find any young trees there that have regenerated naturally.

“The aim on April 21 will be to learn how to identify these invasive species and then how to deal with them. That’s where we get destructive as mostly it will involve cutting them down and either grubbing up the roots or applying treatment with weed killer.

“Please come along and find out what practical work you can do to help the trees in Throne Wood. This is one of a series of events being organised by Groundwork Northern Ireland as part of @myurbangreen, a new campaign launched by M&S and the environmental charity. The aim of the series of activities is to enlist local volunteers to form a group ‘Friends of Throne Wood’ to help maintain the local woodland.”

If you would like to help out this project, the meeting place is at the main entrance to Throne Wood on the Antrim Road just opposite Thronemount at 10.30am on Saturday, April 21.