Connecting with nature and improving wellbeing in County Armagh

Young people resting on a gate in Brian's Wood
Young people at Brian's Wood

Heritage Grants

Armagh
An Tobar CIC
£61900
Community group An Tobar have been awarded a £61,900 National Lottery grant to help connect people with heritage in Brian’s Wood, Silverbridge.

The project will enhance access to the wood, including for young people with additional learning needs, carers and families from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Through 60 workshops, An Tobar will increase knowledge about local heritage whilst also improving people’s wellbeing. Workshops will cover a range of topics, from forest bathing, to geology to community and cultural heritage.

Young people will be able to work towards the John Muir Environmental Award, which encourages people from all backgrounds to connect with and care for wild places.

This project will allow many more people to enjoy our woodland, learn new skills and feel for themselves the wonderful health and wellbeing benefits that come from outdoor activity and nature connection.

- Katherine Agnew, Project Manager

Their digital plan includes a new website and interactive learning materials, helping them to promote the wood’s heritage to an even wider audience.

The project will also improve nature trails, plant trees and install new seating, preserving heritage for future generations.

People taking a walk through woodland in Brian's Wood

Katherine Agnew, Project Manager said: "We are delighted to have been awarded this National Lottery grant which will have such a positive impact on our local community and beyond.

"This project will allow many more people to enjoy our woodland, learn new skills and feel for themselves the wonderful health and wellbeing benefits that come from outdoor activity and nature connection."

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