Close to the city, in the heart of the country


Things to see and do


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.

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


What's on

Upcoming events

Get Mellow in the Meadow

Sat 24 Jun 2017
Enjoy a mellow walk through a wild flower meadow at Minnowburn. Not just a look at the wild flowers growing there, we will look at the insects and evidence of the mammals that use the meadow as a home and food source.

Portmuck Geology Walk

Sat 01 Jul 2017
Discover the fascinating geological features around Portmuck harbour and how they helped shape the history of the local area. Organised in partnership with Earth Science Ireland.

Portmuck Whale Watch

Sun 20 Aug 2017
With an outstanding panorama across the North Channel to Scotland, the Portmuck clifftop path is an ideal place to have a go at whale watching, bring binoculars and telescopes, in association with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

Hedge Fun

Sat 16 Sep 2017
Bring the family for a foraging morning on the outskirts of the city led by a member of the Belfast ranger team. Bring a basket or plastic container to gather some delicious autumn fruits.

Remarkable Trees of Minnowburn

Sat 07 Oct 2017
Faeries, fungus, crafts and conservation are all part of this tour with a ranger around Minnowburn's trees.


Terrace Hill garden in the 1960s

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.


Our work


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