Stone Stacking At Ballyhornan Beach

Created on: Friday, 26 April 2019. Posted in: Press Releases

Stone Stacking At Ballyhornan Beach

Geo Week 2019 in Strangford Lough and Lecale

Saturday May 11th 11 – 3pm at Ballyhornan Beach


Join Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership, as we celebrate Geo Week 2019 in partnership with The Geological Survey of Northern Ireland (GSNI), with this event focusing on our internationally important geological heritage.

Geology is the foundation of our landscape. The melting ice of the last Ice Age revealed the Strangford and Lecale landscape of today. Gentle rolling drumlin hills and islands, sand and mud flats and a craggy outer coast with many sheltered bays and stretches of pebble and boulder shore, such as at Ballyhornan, characterise the Strangford Lough and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Come along to learn how to read the landscape of Ballyhornan. If you can read the rocks, you can read the landscape and the amazing story that it tells!

At this free event, take part in geology themed workshops and learn all about how the geology has formed our unique landscape from Dr Kirstin Lemon of GSNI, with a “pebble masterclass”. Land Art for Kids will also be inspiring our creativity on the day, holding workshops using the Land Art technique of stone stacking, natural sculptures and mosaics all from natural materials we find on the beach.

“Land Art is creative and fun and can be done by anyone. It involves making art and sculptures using materials you find in nature, such as leaves, fir cones, twigs, pebbles, rocks, sand and shells. There is no better activity that combines creativity and learning; fun and exercise and opportunities to play and explore” Richard Shilling Land Art for Kids

These worksshops will be running on a “drop-in basis”. Just come along, join in the fun, feel inspired to care for and protect this special place! Saturday May 11th, at Ballyhornan beach 11 - 3pm. There will also be an opportunity to take part in a short beach clean on the day; all necessary equipment will be supplied. This event is part of the Mourne Gullion Strangford proposed UNESCO Global Geopark activity Programme.

Newry Mourne and Down District Council Chairman Mark Murnin said, “The rich geology of the area is what makes it so special. The Strangford Lough and Lecale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is famed for its scenery and its landscapes, with part of the area forming part of the aspiring “Two Oceans” Geopark. Our landscapes and seascapes appear timeless, but they have changed over time, and these changes have left their stories in the rocks. Events such as this, being held during Geo Week 2019, highlight how special our geological heritage is, teaching us of these stories hidden in our landscapes.”

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