The committee for Glenbower Wood & Lake met last Friday night – and we’re able to announce a few things that are coming up for the wood.
Music in the Wood (In aid of a Family Bike Trail)
May Sunday was a great tradition in Killeagh, and we are aiming to revive this old festival. There will be a great selection of music -and this year we will have one central stage where we will have a succession of musicians. There will be a larger selection of food for sale. This year the proceeds will be in aid of developing a family friendly cycle trail in the area of the woods above the playground. More details of this are to be confirmed after the Easter Holidays.
During the June Bank Holiday there will be an orienteering event held.
Control of Rhododendron / Laurel
As we reported here, we have a very detailed report outlining how to manage rhododendron and laurel in the wood.
We have applied for a grant to fund repairs to the wooden bridge at the earlier part of the woods. The upper structure of this bridge is timber, and the timber is beginning to deteriorate. Hopefully a successful application will enable this important work to take place.
Glenbower Wood has been on Ordinance Survey maps for many, many years. So long, in fact, that the wood is considered to be a native Irish Forest. This means that as Coillte harvests commercial timber, they must replant in native Irish species. One of Coilltes goals in woods such as Glenbower is to develop the woods amenity potential. To this end we are planning to work with Coillte to develop cycle trails along the full length of Glenbower.