The aim of this project is to develop a range of activities for local volunteers to get involved and contribute to LELP’s heritage legacy. Working with the local community LELP will develop a diverse network of volunteers to engage in events and projects in the region.
Project Partner: Lough Erne Landscape Partnership
Theme: Engaging Communities
This project will offer opportunities for volunteers through the following schemes;
- Give it a Go - Opportunity for volunteers to try events and engage in volunteering, often for the first time. This includes events such as autumn watch, tree planting etc.
- Be a Saint – This provides volunteers the opportunity to volunteer on the islands and at the monastic sites. Volunteers can take part in land management, habitat and species research as well as archaeology events.
- Vital Volunteers – This programme of activities will train volunteers in heritage skills. Those trained will then use these skills but also train others to keep these skills alive. This will include basket weaving, stone masonry and boat building, to name a few.
The Lough Erne Landscape Partnership (LELP) organised a Community Litter pick in partnership with Erne Paddlers, Share Discovery Village, Blue Green Yonder, Keep NI Beautiful and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on the 10th of August 2019. Over 45 volunteers, including Councillor Paul Blake, and a team from Enniskillen Youth Action carried out a clean-up of the waterways and shorelines around Enniskillen.
The Volunteers collected a total of 22 bags of litter in just 2 hours, and found some surprising items including patio chairs, a shopping trolley and even a bicycle frame.
Elmarie Swanepoel , LELP Programme Manager stated:
“Lough Erne Landscape Partnership are extremely grateful to all of the volunteers in the local community who gave up their time to help clean up the waterways and shoreline around Enniskillen. It is disappointing to see the reoccurrence of littering in some of the locations.
Enniskillen is a beautiful town offering a very unique landscape, we hope that working with the local community we can ensure that people recognise the importance of disposing of rubbish in the correct way in order to protect and preserve the natural heritage of the area. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the Litter Pick and made such an impact on the landscape. LELP will be hosting quarterly Litter Picks in the Lough Erne Region if you wish to get involved please contact the office by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org