New woodland haven set for Northern Ireland

The Woodland Trust has bought a new piece of land in the stunning Faughan Valley where it will create a stunning new woodland.

With a patchwork of fields, rivers and remnants of precious ancient woodland, the valley has a picture postcard setting, just outside the city of Derry/Londonderry.

Thanks to funding from Nationwide  Building Society,  plans are in place to transform the new addition into a flourishing woodland and, with the assistance of Nationwide’s employees and members, 4,000 new saplings are now in the ground.

Picture: Michael Cooper

This site is a great step towards creating more woodland areas across the UK, and Nationwide has pledged to plant around 60,000 trees with the Woodland Trust to reduce its carbon footprint and provide long lasting benefits to local communities.

Nationwide has committed the funding required to create five acres of new woodland on this particular site alone, and will be running a campaign with its  employees in Northern Ireland to name it over the coming weeks.

The Trust now owns some 180 acres of land in the Faughan Valley – including recently planted trees and ancient woodland.  With new planting, the charity is on a mission to link the pockets of precious old woods that dot the banks of the River Faughan.

The mission is to open up miles of woodland and riverside walks, and to create a continuous corridor for the valley’s wild inhabitants, which includes the vulnerable red squirrel.