Toome by-pass, County Antrim
LocationCounty: County Antrim
Nearest town or settlement: Toomebridge
Contact detailsContact name: Mark Bryson
Tel: 028 44 881227
Website: Ecoseeds website & Local provenance trees at the Toome bypass on the conservation volunteers of Northern Ireland website
PartnersDept of Environment Roads Service, Department for Regional development, Seeds of Time and Place Group, Ecoseeds
Over 3 years a new bridge and by-pass have been constructed around the town of Toomebridge. Prior to the extensive construction work we collected wildflower seed from ASSI's in the area using our brush harvester. We used this to grow plugs in our nursery and also as a seed source for re-sowing the new road verges and banks. The habitats are now being restored using these plugs and also the seed collected. This is the first such scheme in N Ireland where local provenance material was used in creating a wildlife corridor after a major civil engineering scheme.