Project to save Benburb forest in TV spotlight

BBC Northern Ireland Home Ground presenters Gavin Andrews and Jo Scott, with reporter (right) Ruth Sanderson, will be out and about across the countryside over the next six weeks

BBC Northern Ireland Home Ground presenters Gavin Andrews and Jo Scott, with reporter (right) Ruth Sanderson, will be out and about across the countryside over the next six weeks

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Measures to protect the ageing forest at Benburb Valley Park will be the focus of a new BBC Northern Ireland series exploring the countryside across the Province.

The six-part series - Home Ground - for BBC One Northern Ireland continues on Monday, May 2 at 6.30pm, produced by Below The Radar.

In the second programme, presenter Gavin Andrews visits Benburb Valley Park to learn about measures to protect the ageing forest.

Gavin helps adults with learning difficulties cut down invasive species in the woods around Benburb Priory.

They’re part of Alliance Youth Works, an organisation run by Alyn Jones, which works with young adults.

Alyn and the team will be led by Michael Topping from the Woodland Trust, who is helping to guide AYW in their forestry skills, with the aim that by clearing invasive species the older woodland can be maintained and revitalised.

Meanwhile, Jo Scott discovers how Northern Ireland’s defence heritage represents a significant period in our history - particularly around the forthcoming Somme Centenary and she teams up with volunteers at Lough Erne to learn about flying boats.