11th April 2013 | Press Release | ‘ A Country Estate Forage Day’ Event | Faughan Valley
Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership and Ashbrook Estate have come together to deliver an exciting heritage event on Sunday 21st April from 1.00pm – 6.00pm. ‘A Country Estate Forage Day’ has something for everybody and will offer the public a chance to learn more about Ashbrook’s historic house, estate and family that helped shape the Faughan Valley area in the 1600s.
The event will also offer the public the opportunity to take a step back in time and meet characters from our plantation past, and try their hand at activities of the time such as archery, falconry, basket weaving and wood-turning.
To help the public explore the estate, expert foragers Dermot Hughes and Gareth Austin will be on hand to assist the public recognise food for free from the estate woodland enjoy the sights, smells and tastes at the cookery demonstrations with chefs using foraged and home grown produce. Children can enjoy nature and environmental activities on offer from organisations such as RSPB, Loughs Agency and the Playtrail to name a few. Derry City Council’s Museum Services and Rural Tourism Officer will also be in attendance with information for the public.
Mayor Councillor Kevin Campbell who has already met the Plantation bard and landlord urged local people and tourists alike to attend the event. He said: “This is an exciting event and a first for the Faughan Valley and Derry City Council area. With so many activities on offer it will be a great day out while learning about the history of the area in the plantation times.”
Guided tours of the historic Ashbrook House will be led by Melanie Cunningham Ash, who said: “We are looking forward to sharing the stories from our families past and guiding visitors around the Ash family home which was built around 1610 by my ancestor General Sir Thomas Ash. It will also be exciting to see plantation characters in dress roaming the woodlands again.”
This is a Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership event funded through the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2007 – 2013 through the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Derry City Council and Heritage Lottery Fund.
Entrance to the event is free with charges for guided tours of Ashbrook House.
The Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme involves a working partnership between RAPID, Derry City Council and the Woodland Trust supported by HLF’s ‘Landscape Partnerships’. The project vision is to “create a vibrant, natural and cultural diverse landscape within the Faughan Valley that the whole community appreciates, and is engaged with, making it a sustainable landscape for living”.
Notes to editors:
The Faughan Valley project covers a large area of 170 square kilometres (nearly 17,000 hectares) extending from the foothills of the North Sperrins, along the River Faughan, to the outskirts of the city of Londonderry. To find out more about the Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme visit www.faughanvalley.com
The Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Programme
The Landscape Programme provides grants of between £100,000 and £2million for projects which aim to conserve an area of distinctive landscape character that is recognised and valued by local people. The programme helps to protect some of the UK’s most treasured landscapes by acting as a catalyst to bring communities and organisations together to form partnerships that create a shared vision, and help implement local action for the conservation and management of our landscape heritage. Each scheme contains a portfolio of smaller projects that provide long term social, economic and environmental benefits for the area. Details of the programme can be found at www.hlf.org.uk or phone 02890310120
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