Young Eco Warriors in annual Armoy clean up

Just some of the bags of litter gathered up. INBM33-14 S
Just some of the bags of litter gathered up. INBM33-14 S

Twenty two young eco warriors took to the Riverside Park with the Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust for the annual Armoy Environment Day clean up and fun day.

Activities included a farm safety demonstration from the Health & Safety Executive NI; bug identification with NI Environment Agency and RSPB; a butterfly count with the local Biodiversity Officer Rachel Bain; storytelling with Ballymoney and Ballycastle libraries; arts, crafts; facepainting; tree planting; duck races and loads more.

Cllr Donal Cunningham, Chair of Moyle District Council said:”These eco champions, some as young as three, made a valiant and enthusiastic effort to clean up the village ahead of the Armoy Road Races. Armed with their litter pickers and rubbish bags they have cleaned the village and the River Bush from bridge to bridge.

“Projects like this ensure that the next generation will grow up to be more environmentally conscious. They have shown great example to the locals and I hope their efforts will be appreciated.’

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The Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust would like to thank the following groups and organisations for their support – Moyle District Council, Armoy Community Association, Hendersons Group, McDonalds, Tayto, Keep NI Beautiful, NIEA, RSPB, NI Libraries, Local Biodiversity Officer for Moyle, Limavady, Coleraine and Ballymoney Councils, Glens Angling Club, HSENI, Woodland Trust,

Glens Red Squirrel Group, Fiona Upritchard and lastly the children, parents and grandparents who took part.