The Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme is currently on-going and aims to enhance a vibrant, natural and built heritage landscape.
Delivered by partners the Rural Area Partnership in Derry Ltd (RAPID), Derry City Council and the Woodland Trust, the project encourages local people to access and appreciate this diverse and outstanding landscape.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has provided £1.2 million in funding towards the Scheme, through its Landscapes’ Partnership initiative.
Thanks to additional funding from the NI Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 a number of walking events will be held throughout July showcasing the rich, natural and built heritage of the scenic Faughan Valley. From guided, woodland family walks to challenging hill walks, there is a walking occasion to suit everyone and along the way our experienced guides will educate people on this natural and historical landscape.
Landscape Officer, Jonathan Henderson says: “The Faughan Valley is a beautiful and diverse area for walking and contains numerous sites of natural and built heritage interest, from Early Christian churches to Ancient Woodlands and the gentle, rolling peaks of the Sperrins.
“These walking events will aim to get people engaged in the natural and built heritage on their doorstep, whilst hopefully encouraging more people to get out and get walking regularly. Walking is a great way to improve both your mental and physical health, whilst also providing the opportunity to become more socially active.”
A bus will be provided to bring participants to walking venues, with collection points at St. Columb’s Park, Waterside and from the RAPID Ltd offices, 2 Foreglen Road, Killaloo, BT47 3TP.
To find out more or to book onto a walking event in the Faughan Valley, contact Jonathan Henderson at Derry City Council on 028 7133 7498; mobile 0771 869 4172; or email firstname.lastname@example.org