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The Rams Island Heritage Project is an undertaking of the River Bann and Lough Neagh Association Company.

 

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In June 2004 a tree fell on the OíNeillís summerhouse on the Island and caused considerable damage to the structure of the house. After discussion with Lord OíNeill and the Natural and Built Heritage Departments of the Environment and Heritage Service it was decided to remove the tree from the house and the trees growing out of and around the house by volunteer members. To facilitate these operations members carried out temporary repairs to the McGarry Jetty.

 Summer 2004

Volunteer members clearing trees around O'Neill summerhouse

Clearing Trees

Clearing Trees

Clearing Trees

Clearing Trees

Cleared Path

Cleared Path

January 2005

In late January 2005 volunteers pollarded a lime tree beside the round tower as the branches of the tree were growing against the tower. (This was done after taking advice from E.H.S. Built Heritage.) As the tower is on top of a very steep bank it was decided not to remove the tree as the roots of the tree are helping to stabilise the steep bank. Through time we will pollard all the  trees along the  bank as they are all quite tall and susceptible to being blown over in strong winds. This has happened in the past and the trees that have fallen have taken the bank with them. The avenue of trees is around 200 years old and we would not like to loose any more of them.

Tree Growing Against Tower

Tree Growing Against Tower

Arriving at Island

Setting up

Cutting Branches

Clearing Up

Cutting Branches

Clearing Up

View from Top of Tree

Too Late For Sweet Chestnut

Visitors In Tower

Tower Out of Danger

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This Beech Tree is dead and we removed it as it was threatening the House and Tower. It was a branch from this tree that fell on the house last summer. However the tree could not be removed until we had checked that there were no bats hibernating in it.

 

 

 

This lime blew down beside the south steps in 2005 prompting us to pollard its neighbouring tree which is growing well and out of danger.

 

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