Lecale conservation, County Down’s longest-standing environmental charity held its AGM at the Mill in Ballydugan last week
and took the occasion to launch their new website.

Incoming Lecale Conservation Chair John Peacocke said “We were delighted to get 2 years of funding for
our Lecale Youth Group to train them on website creation, maintenance and social media campaigning.

I would like to thank our youth officer Cadogan Enright for leading this work in Downpatrick Library on
numerous Saturday mornings over the last 2 years.”

“Lecale youth have done an excellent job in vividly depicting environmental activism in South East Down
over 30 years and highlighting the work of well-known activists past and present, creating a record of how
ordinary people have fought for, and succeeded in getting environmental action in and around Lecale”.

“I would encourage people of any age to look at www.lecaleconservation.org and see how they might help
in the many different types of work from restoring wildlife areas with fencing and planting, campaigning to
change regulation or the law, doing funding applications or helping our youth group travel to Climate
Change demos in Belfast or further afield. We have cross-membership with the Loch Cuan Canoe Club which has enabled members to participate in water-borne environmental action like cleaning the Quoile river
every spring or litter-picking 108 islands on Strangford Lough in late summer.”

Recent projects by Lecale Conservation include working with the Strangford and Lecale Coast Partnership
to restore 1.5 kilometres of dunes at Tyrella beach, copying previous work at Ballyhornan Beach. Or raising
funds for and carrying out work to create community parks and facilities in Ardglass, Kilclief and Killard.

Lecale secretary David Beckett ; “I would invite families or groups interested in supporting environmental
action to organise a team for our quiz-night at the Lake-side Inn beside Ballydugan Lake on Saturday 23 rd
March at 8pm. Quiz teams are maximum 6 per table and you can book at place with Margaret at
07789208859. Anyone interested in joining our group and coming along to our monthly meetings at the
nearby Mill in Ballydugan can contact me by email at lecaleconservation@gmail.com .”

Post byCadogan Enright

Treasurer and Youth Program Coordinator.