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St Oliver Plunkett's clean up for World Wetlands Day

05 February 2016

Pupils from St Oliver Plunkett’s Primary School in Toomebridge recently took part in a clean-up at Canal Walk in Toomebridge as part of World Wetlands Day.

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg was delighted to pay a visit to the pupils on the day; “It was wonderful to see the pupils taking care of their local green space and I know they are keen to do this again. They also enjoyed looking for water birds along the Lough Neagh shoreline during the clean-up.”

Chairman of TIDAL, Councillor Brain Duffin, commented, “The local community have a strong connection and knowledge of the Lough Neagh wetlands and appreciate the damage that litter can do to the environment. Good practice like this clean-up is to be encouraged at all times.”

World Wetlands Day is celebrated every year on 2nd February to raise awareness about the value of wetlands. The theme for 2016, under the banner “Wetlands for our Future” is: Sustainable Livelihoods and is selected to demonstrate the vital role of wetlands for the current and future wellbeing of humanity and to promote the wise use of all sorts of wetlands.