The Woodland Trust has entered into its first collaboration with NI Science Festival by creating two bespoke events in Belfast’s Botanic Gardens and in the Faughan Valley in Derry/Londonderry. The science festival, which runs from 13 to 23 February, hosts events across Northern Ireland.

Established in Northern Ireland nearly 25 years ago, the Woodland Trust has been working with local communities across its sites to encourage local people to enjoy the great outdoors. The conservation charity organises a number of events throughout the year, including family events, tree-planting events and fact-based walking tours. This year marks the first time that the Trust has created two bespoke events, based around the natural world, for the NI Science Festival.

The first event in Botanic Gardens is called 'Secret World of Trees' and is an ideal treat for children aged from 6 to 14 years. It runs on 15 and 16 February. There will be plenty of fun- and fact-based activities including tree measuring, a mini beast hunt, build your own bird feeder, plus you learn more about why planting trees can help tackle climate change.

Faughan Valley

Join another event 'The River Faughan and its Woodlands' with the Woodland Trust along one of the best salmon rivers in Europe, on Saturday 22 February. Discover why fish grow from trees as you explore the benefits of trees and woodlands. And find out about the diverse habitats the river and its banks provide for resident wildlife, plus check the river’s health using the kick sample technique.

Ian McCurley, Woodland Trust Northern Ireland Director, said: “We are delighted to collaborate with Northern Ireland Science Festival in two unique events celebrating our Natural World. We want to encourage local communities to enjoy our woodlands and these events provide a perfect experience with fun, facts and hands-on activities for everyone during the mid-term break.”

To book tickets or for more information visit the NI Science Festival website. to book both events online. Tickets for 'Secret World of Trees' cost from £6 per child and £2 per adult and a family ticket for four people is also available. Tickets for 'The River Faughan and its Woodlands' cost £4 per person, with free entry for children under 16.

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For media enquiries contact Glynis Watt at the Woodland Trust’s Northern Ireland Office on 028 9127 5787; email glyniswatt@woodlandtrust.org.uk or the Woodland Trust Press Office on 01476 581121; e-mail media@woodlandtrust.org.uk

The Woodland Trust is the largest woodland conservation charity in the UK. It has over 500,000 supporters. It wants to see a UK rich in native woods and trees for people and wildlife.

The Trust has three key aims:

  1. protect ancient woodland which is rare, unique and irreplaceable
  2. restoration of damaged ancient woodland, bringing precious pieces of our natural history back to life
  3. plant native trees and woods with the aim of creating resilient landscapes for people and wildlife.

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust now has over 1,200 sites in its care covering approximately 29,000 hectares. Access to its woods is free so everyone can benefit from woods and trees.

In Northern Ireland the Woodland Trust cares for 50 woods. These woods contain a mix of recently planted woodland, mature woodland and ancient woodland. The Trust has produced the first-ever comprehensive record of Northern Ireland’s ancient woodland. Find out more at Northern Ireland Ancient Woodland Inventory