This project will develop a citizen science forum bringing together environmental NGO’s and the Western Education Authority (WEA) to develop a structured science activity programme for 11 – 14 year olds.
Project Partner: Lough Erne Landscape Partnership
Theme: Engaging Communities
This project will provide students with the knowledge of their local landscape and heritage and the skills to gather information about species and habitats.
This project will work with local schools and education authorities and will commence in Spring 2019.
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council are making a ‘tree-mendous’ effort for National Tree Week (23rd November – 1st December 2019) by partnering with local schools and Lough Erne Landscape Partnership to plant over 100 heritage apple trees across the district that will support native pollinators for years to come.
Local schools were invited to enter our ‘Trees for Bees’ art competition, producing colourful posters that would be used to make inspirational signs at each apple tree grove. Winning schools are now receiving their own ‘Trees for Bees’ as part of the scheme and learning more about the important role pollinators and trees have in protecting our planet.
FODC and Lough Erne Landscape Partnership were overwhelmed by the number and quality of entries from a wide spread of schools, with over 580 pupils entering from 23 schools across the council district. Ten winning entries were chosen to be made into signs and each pupil was presented with a ‘wild’ goody bag.
Bees and other pollinators need lots of nectar to survive, so by planting heritage apple trees we can help support them and hopefully provide apples for free too! Trees are amazing; they are home to lots of wildlife, help lock up carbon dioxide to combat climate change, reduce flooding and help prevent soil erosion.
The project is supported by the Lough Erne Landscape Partnership through funding form the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Why not get outdoors this year and help plant trees for wildlife. You can do it yourself in your own garden or why not join us at a local park on our volunteer days in 2020 to help do your bit.