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Discover the hidden treasures of Carnmoney Hill this summer


A visit to Carnmoney Hill in Newtownabbey is a must for adventurers this August. Nature lovers are invited to discover the hidden gems of this ancient green monument, thanks to an exciting new treasure trail available from the Woodland Trust.

 The trail will lead families on a voyage of woodland discovery, guaranteed to refresh both body and mind.  Simply step forth at your leisure, follow the clues, and marvel at the Hill’s fantastic views, woodland and wild inhabitants. 

Built features include a restored Victorian Well, while two souterrains (underground passageways) have also been found. And one of the summer highlights is a glorious new wildflower meadow, which boasts vibrant displays of yellow rattle, meadow buttercup and clover, with scatterings of ox eye daisy.

Gregor Fulton, site manager for the Woodland Trust, says: “Carnmoney Hill is a green oasis of grassland, wetland and woodland, parts of it ancient.  It’s a real honey-pot for wildlife, including the long-eared owl and sparrowhawk. 

“We hope that our new treasure trail will encourage everyone – local people and visitors from further afield - to explore the Hill’s natural beauty; and with the wildflowers at their best during summer, now’s the perfect time. Be prepared for some steep inclines, but in return you have the promise of breathtaking views over the city, Belfast Lough and the surrounding countryside.” 

The Woodland Trust has planted over 60,000 trees at Carnmoney Hill, making this one of the largest native woodland creation projects in Northern Ireland.  Works, including recent path improvements and the treasure trail, have been made possible thanks to support from Newtownabbey Borough Council, Northern Ireland Environment Agency and Biffaward.

Download the treasure trail leaflet from www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/carnmoney or ring the Woodland Trust’s Bangor office on 028 9127 5787 to get hold of a copy.     

Start your woodland adventure at Rathfern Community Centre, Knockenagh Avenue, off the O’Neill Road. As the Hill is steep in parts, the treasure trail is unsuitable for pushchairs or very young children. Sturdy footwear is required. 

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