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Close to the city, in the heart of the country

Spring at Minnowburn Bridge, County Down

Look busy, spring is coming 

Spring is indeed well on its way. You made find this hard to believe. For some, spring will not truly begin until the Vernal Equinox on 21 March or for the more optimistic 1 March, but if you look closely on your next walk, the evidence is there.


Restoring Ned's Meadow

We're on a mission to restore Ned's Meadow, a ten acre field at Minnowburn, transforming it from overworked agricultural land, to a landscape rich in wildlife and biodiversity.


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The beeches at Minnowburn

Learn about our past 

Delve into the history of Minnowburn and find out how years of campaigning and purchasing land saved this special woodland area.

Pop for Peace at Minnowburn, 1969

Pop for Peace at 50 

It was the summer of 1969. Bryan Adams bought his first real six-string. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. Meanwhile at Minnowburn on 2 August 1969, a free open air concert called Pop for Peace was held. The event, which aimed to provide the young people of Belfast and Northern Ireland with the opportunity to say, 'Give Peace A Chance,' was endorsed by The Beatles legend John Lennon and Yoko Ono.


Our work

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Woodland management 

Our Rangers are working hard to implement a woodland management plan to reinstate native mixed woodland at Minnowburn.

Green Woodwork Ireland at Minnowburn, County Down

Try your hand at green woodworking 

Try this ancient craft with Stephen of Green Woodwork Ireland in his workshop at our Ranger base at Minnowburn


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