Ardal O'Hanlon Crowns An Tobar Northern Ireland Project of the Year

"The facility in Silverbridge, South Armagh, which aims to connect people with nature in order to improve their health was presented with the award by comedian and actor Ardal O’Hanlon.

It was formed by sisters Margaret Finnegan and Kathleen Finnegan-Agnew in April 2018 and is based on their farm, a 40-acre site that has been in their mother’s family for at least 300 years.

The Brian’s Wood Heritage Project enhanced access to the wood, where more than 13500 native trees have been planted and features include four poetry trails, depictions of native wildlife and etching plates.

Ardal O’Hanlon said: “I was bowled over by An Tobar. It's a fantastic facility in a special setting which uses nature to help improve mental health and well-being.

“I found the woodland poetry trails particularly inspiring, tapping into history and heritage to promote hope and healing.

“It's clear that this visionary project has had a positive impact on the community and beyond and it was an honour to present them with their National Lottery Award." "


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