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Nugent’s Wood gets a Magical Makeover- Monday 16 November

Collage of pictures, men and women standing at one of the new woodeen, sculptures in the woods. Up close images of the carvings in the wood.

Date: Monday 16 November 2020

Nugent's Wood has reopened following a raft of improvements, the project was supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding was provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland. The reopening marks the successful completion of one of the four Ards and North Down Borough Council’s PEACE IV ‘Shared Spaces and Services’ projects.

The National Trust acquired Nugent’s Wood in 1983. The wood covers 13 hectares and was originally planted as a shelter belt to the adjoining Portaferry House Demesne. The 1.5-mile path through the woodland features views across Strangford Lough to the Castle Ward Estate.

An extensive program of works including improvements to the walking trail and repairs to the existing stone wall have been completed, while additional drainage works as well as new seating, sculptures and entrance signage have been installed.

C.S Lewis inspired sculpture in Nugent's Wood

C.S Lewis inspired sculpture in Nugent's Wood

Our National Trust Countryside Manager for Strangford Lough and Ards Peninsula, Andrew Upton commented “Nugent’s Wood is a wonderful mixed woodland on the shores of Strangford Lough. This open space provides visitors with access to woods and countryside, allowing people to reconnect with nature, something which is vital for health and wellbeing, especially during the current Covid-19 crisis. We’re delighted to see the completion of this funded project and we look forward to protecting and caring for Nugent’s Wood so people and nature can thrive, long into the future.”

Pull on your wellies, get exploring and see how many of the woodland and magical creature carvings you can find.

Find out more about the Nugent's Wood walking trails at the National Trust website. 

Find out more about Ards and North Down Borough Council’s PEACE IV ‘Shared Spaces and Services’ projects at the Ards and North Down Borough Council website.

Visitors to Nugent’s Wood in #Portaferry can now enjoy an even better experience at the beautiful @nationaltrustni site thanks to a cash injection from the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme.
Improvements to the walking trail path and repairs to the existing stone wall have been completed, while additional drainage works as well as new seating, sculptures and entrance signage have been installed.
 

Picture Caption: (L-R) Andrew Upton (National Trust, Countryside Manager), Aaron Devlin (F.P. McCann), Hannah Lambe (AECOM Project Manager), Councillor Trevor Cummings (Mayor of Ards and North Down) and Joanne Brown (PEACE IV Officer)
Andrew Upton National Trust, Countryside Manager, Aaron Devlin F.P. McCann, Hannah Lambe AECOM Project Manager), Councillor Trevor Cummings Mayor of Ards and North Down and Joanne Brown PEACE IV Officer
The project was supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Match-funding was provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland. It marks the successful completion of one of the four Ards and North Down Borough Council’s PEACE IV ‘Shared Spaces and Services’ projects. Work was carried out by contractor F.P. McCann and design consultants, AECOM.

Image credit: Graham Baalham-Curry