Monthly Archives: November 2018

Field

Cee’s b&w photo challenge – field

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Splash

On the west coast of Ireland, Atlantic waves have over millennia shaped our coastline creating rocky shores, beaches and towering cliffs.

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North west Mayo looking across to Achill Island

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North west Mayo looking across to Achill Island

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Pollawaddy, on Achill Island, off the Mayo Coast

 

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Downpatrick Head, County Mayo

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Downpatrick Head, County Mayo

Ross Beach

Ross beach, County Mayo

Lens artist phot0 challenge 21 – Splash

Balla Town Park

A couple of weeks ago we visited Balla Town Park. The park, managed by the local community, consists of a series of walks, we choose the fairy village trail.

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Fairy Village Trail

The town was left land by a local landlord.  In 2015, the community applied for a Neighbourwood scheme. An area of 35 acres of old estate wood was cleared of encroaching laurel and planted with 3000 young deciduous trees. These new trees, along with the existing old trees, now make a wonderful diverse woodland. The old trees include oak, beech and horse chestnut trees.

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Old oak trees with newly planted trees in foreground

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Mixed tree ages

Well laid paths, benches, picnic table, tree trail and interpretation boards all add to the visitors experience. The fairy village including some lovely sculptured way markers, are a great addition particularly for the younger visitors. They are a great incentive for encouraging young ones to go for walks and explore. It is hoped to install a bird hide in the near future. Birds boxes and bats boxes have been erected and there are plenty brash piles for wildlife too.

The Neighbourwood scheme is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine. It aims to encourage communities to  woodlands as a local community amenities.

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Balla Town Park

Balla Town Park is a wonderful example of what can be done to create a great resource of local people and visitors.

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