Alliance Youth Works
AYW Eden is working closely with The Northern Ireland Forest Service delivering a range of education programmes at Castlewellan Forest Park. We are very excited about the opportunities this affords students and teachers who have booked to do our programmes. To see the range of programmes available check out the table in 'Education'. We will also be working closely with RSPB at the site. RSPB have been one of our longest standing environmental alliances and working at Castlewellan will allow us to expand the work we do together. Although a variety of topics can be covered, we will be focussing on the Red Kites recently released in the area.
Castlewellan Forest park's 'Peace Maze' was commissioned in 1998 and in 2000 and 2001 over 4000 school children and 1000 people attended community planting days to plant the maze's 6000 yew trees. The design for the maze was conceived by Beverley Lear of Lear Associates who used the best idea's from thousands of children's designs that were submitted at the time. The maze is one of Northern Irelands fastest growing tourist attractions, with over 240,000 visits between the opening date in September 2001 and June 2004. The whole maze covers nearly 3 acres and has 2.18 miles of pathway. Until 2007 the Peace Maze was the largest permanent hedge maze in the world and held the Guinness world record. The current record holder is the 'Pineapple Garden Maze' in Hawaii with 2.46 miles of pathway. Upon solving the maze there is a bell to ring at the centre. This bell is considered to be one of the most frequently rung bells in Ireland, with over half a million rings every year.
Our Alliance partner, Life are also based at Castlewellan Forest Park and have a full range of activities available from their centre here. See what they can offer your group at www.onegreatadventure.com.