The Belfast Hills provide a great example of how the people who lived and died here down through the centuries have left their marks on the landscape. The hills are dotted with signs of how we used to live, from as far back as the Neolithic, right up to the present day.

 

Today the hills present a stunning backdrop to a thriving urban area. However, more than just being a backdrop they are a home to a wide variety of birds, animals, plants, fungi and insects. This vital biodiversity is currently under threat from global climate change and the pressures of modern day living.

 

We would like to provide local young with the opportunity to explore their local natural and built heritage and develop a greater understanding of why the hills are important not only from a cultural point of view but also the vital role they play in today’s world and furthermore what needs to be done to secure their future. We want them to be actively involved in telling that story to others, minimizing climate change and helping conserve these special places for future generations.

 

We aim to:

 

  • Introduce topics such as climate change and environmental policy.
  • Inspire young people to become passionate about their local heritage and what they can do to protect it.
  • Encourage young people to explore and discover the rich history and habitats on their doorstep.
  • Empower young people to develop new skills relevant to developing their future careers, volunteering and contributing towards the green economy.
  • Bring the past to life through creative engagement.
  • Safeguard biodiversity for future generations.