RECLAIMING THE CAVE HILL !!
Is as síol beag a fhásann an crann is airde – From Little Acorns Oak Trees Grow
All members, players, pupils, governors, friends and families of Pobail Éanna, the burgeoning Gaelic community comprising of St Enda’s GAC and Gaelscoil Éanna in Glengormley are being called upon to engage in their latest community adventure, this Saturday April 2nd, at St Enda’s. Jim Murray, the Antrim County Board Chairman will also be in attendance at 10am to help plant the first tree.
St Enda’s have recently developed two brand new pitches which will hopefully be fit for playing purposes in Spring of next year, and separating the two pitches is a large, steep bank. The senior panels of the hurling and football teams will be relieved to hear that the club have resourced 1200 trees, which will be planted at this bank to assist with drainage and further provide a wind break for the site. The steep hill will not therefore be available for running up and down. The ecological benefits of the tree planting will also improve the environmental conscience of the community.
The trees have been sponsored by the Woodland Trust and supplied by Moyle Garden Centre. The planting operation is to be over seen by renowned Landscape Architect, David Watkiss, who is also a juvenile hurling parent and is giving freely of his time and expertise.
Not only is the project reclaiming the Cave Hill for the community but it has also provided the Rang 4 class of Gaelscoil Éanna with some enjoyable obair bhaile. Under the expert tutelage of teacher Roy Ó Ruanaidh the pupils have been using the project as a key area in their school curriculum, ‘An Domhain Thart Orainn’ (the world around us), which will put into practical effect the learning and work they have been doing in recent weeks in relation to such lofty themes as ‘Urban Forestation’, ‘Carbon Footprints’ and ‘CO2 Emissions’.
It is hoped in time, that a dedicated walking loop will also be put in place, which will afford local walking enthusiasts with a figure of 8 loop of the two pitches, one circuit of which will be 2 kilometres exactly, whilst at the same time providing breathtaking views of Belfast Lough, the Cavehill and Slemish Mountain, as well as the finest endeavours of local hurlers and footballers.