A new section is completed and new funding received
150 tonnes of stone were taken to the site by helilift during March. Stone from Drinnevar and Thomas quarries was transported using this helicopter lift method. Rangers were on site to organise the lift and the delivery of the stone in the area of the path requiring works.
Over the winter the mountain rangers completed a new 75 metre long stone pitched and aggregate path on the Donard Commedagh saddle. The small team were supported by external contactors and Mournes volunteers. This area had become heavily eroded by the huge increase in footfall over the last two years.
The new path links the top of the stone pitched steps with the start of the summit ascent to Donard mountain. This section is where walkers had previously picked their own routes across the delicate dry heath. Completing the path will reduce the impact on the surrounding vegetation and the wildlife that use the area.
We discover that DAERA’s Environment Fund will provide additional support which will extend the project to 2023.