Conservation projects in Northern Ireland

Our work ranges from £multi-million restoration projects of historic houses, to the ongoing protection of coastlines and national treasures like the Giant's Causeway. Here's an insight into some of the projects we are currently working on...

Paths at Murlough in the early 1970s

Restoring the Boardwalk at Murlough

A major restoration project of Murlough's 3km of boardwalk is underway.

The Mourne Rangers chat between heli-lift drops

Mournes Path Project

We're working to protect the rare habitats of the Mournes by improving the paths on Slieve Donard and Bloody Bridge.

The restored arrangement of the Kitchen Garden

Florence Court Kitchen Garden restoration project timeline

The restoration of the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court is part of a project kindly supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and National Lottery Community fund. Find out more about the latest project updates, straight from the garden!

Mussenden Temple Floor

Mussenden Temple floor restoration

Approximately 50% of the original limestone flagstones remain, the vast majority of which have cracked.

Volunteers clean the sandstone floor by hand every day

Cleaning the Central Hall floor at Mount Stewart

Armed with a wet sponge, a toothbrush and lots of TLC, a small team of dedicated volunteers carry out the daily cleaning of the sandstone floor in the Central Hall floor at Mount Stewart…

A painting of the original Windsor Garden by Mary Ward from 1864

Castle Ward restores eleborate Victorian garden

Featuring 4,000 bulbs and 61 new beds, the newly restored Windsor Garden at Castle Ward will be ready to bloom in Spring.

The Rough Fort, a fortified farmstead dating back to 500 AD, has been refurbished thanks to a £2,000 donation from the North Coast Association

The Rough Fort 

Located a mile west of Limavady, the Rough Fort is the first property acquired by the National Trust in Northern Ireland. Built in the Bronze Age, it is a remarkable earthwork known as a Rath or Ring Fort. It is one of the best examples of a Rath in Northern Ireland and one of the best-preserved in our care.

Frizzell's Cottage in mid-Ulster is currently being restored by the National Trust

18 Century cottage restored with legacy funding  

Discover how legacy funding is being used to restore a traditional mud brick house with thatch roof in mid-Ulster, back to its former glory...

The original stone floor in the central hall at Mount Stewart

We bet you'd look good on this dance floor

The final phase of the award-winning restoration project at Mount Stewart gets underway with the uncovering of the original stone floor in the central hall

Glenoe Waterfall

Glenoe gets a new path and bridge 

Find out about the work we've been doing at Glenoe

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Back to its best: The Tack Room at The Argory

Tired, damp and far from looking its best, the challenge was on to restore the Tack Room at The Argory to its former glory in time for the start of the new season.

painting the ceiling detail in the study at The Argory

Saved from the flood: Restoring the study at The Argory

Seven years after being badly damaged in a flood, the study in The Argory is in the final stages of a restoration project that will see it reopen to the public once again …

Project to catalogue thousands of historic books at Mount Stewart

A new chapter for the book collection at Mount Stewart

An ambitious project is underway at Mount Stewart to catalogue over 4,500 texts and make them digitally accessible to all

The new signage at Minnowburn uses reclaimed wood from Lagan Weir Footbridge

Lagan Weir Footbridge gets up-cycled at Minnowburn

Find out how wood salvaged from Belfast's Lagan Weir footbridge is finding a new lease of life at Minnowburn

Temple Water resoration project at Castle Ward

Castle Ward: restoration of a hidden treasure

Discover the work being done to restore Temple Water to its late 17th and early 18th century glory

Porstewart strand dune conservation

Dune conservation at Portstewart Strand

Learn about the exciting sea buckthorn control project being carried out in partnership with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)

Looking through the walls into the Orchard at Downhill

Garden projects at Downhill Demesne

Read about our work to restore the walled garden at Downhill Demesne and the new secret garden by Bishop's Gate

Florence Court pond project

Florence Court garden pond project gets underway  

Restoration work is underway to restore the pond in the walled garden, improving the water quality for water plants, birds and wildlife.

Florence court cobbling project draws to a close

Cobbling project at Florence Court draws to a close 

Work is coming to an end for the latest conservation project at Florence Court – the lifting, cleaning and relaying of the cobbles in the laundry yard.

Man behind yellow flower border

In the potting shed with David Corscadden

National Trust gardener David Corscadden talks about his most ambitious project to date - the restoration of the Kitchen Garden at Florence Court in Fermanagh.