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Hedgelaying in the Geopark

One of the first events in the 2017 Geopark calender was a one day introductory course on Hedgelaying and Hedge Rejuvination, run at Gubaveeney in West Cavan on Saturday by hedgelayer Neil Foulkes and Geopark guide Andy King. Neil is an expert hedgelayer and a mine of information about this skill and the tools and equipment used.

Hedges are an important part of our landscape heritage and provide food, shelter and nest sites to birds, animals and insects. Many farm hedges were planted relatively recently, others can be centuries old, marking ancient boundaries.

Hedgelaying is a method of creating a woven stock proof fence by cutting, laying and staking the living trees in the hedgerow. In the past it was a traditional rural craft practiced in many parts of Ireland. Left uncut, a hedge will naturally just grow into a row of trees with spaces in between. The laying of the trees stimulates new vigourous growth in the hedge, retaining its function and providing valuable wildlife habitat.

There was a lot of interest in the event and some of the group travelled a long distances to take part.
The training was a real hands on experience. Everyone was enthusiastic and had no hesitation in trying their hand at the craft, acquiring new skills and knowledge about the use and maintenance of the tools used.

If you are interested in learning about hedgelaying in the Geopark,  contact Andy King on 0876638428 for future events.

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February 3, 2017

We are currently experiencing difficulties with our telephone system at Marble Arch Caves. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. In the interim should you wish to speak to a member of staff at the Marble Arch Caves please contact us on +44 (0)300 303 177 or alternatively e-mail us on mac@fermanaghomagh.com. Your co-operation is very […]


January 23, 2017

Please note the The Cuilcagh Mountain boardwalk, which is located in Cuilcagh Mountain Park and part of the Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail, County Fermanagh has been re-opened. For additional information please contact us on +44 (0) 28 66334 8855. 


January 12, 2017

Please note the The Cuilcagh Mountain boardwalk, which is located in Cuilcagh Mountain Park and part of the Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail, County Fermanagh has been closed due to the present snow and icy conditions. Please check back for details on re-opening or for additional information please contact us on +44 (0) 28 66334 8855.


December 21, 2016

Forest Service NI are currently conducting felling operations in Castle Archdale Forest at the present time.  If you are using the forest then please adhere to all Forest Service NI signage and avoid all operational areas until the felling is competed.  Your co-operation is very much appreciated.


November 28, 2016

Please note the The Cuilcagh Mountain boardwalk, which is located in Cuilcagh Mountain Park and part of the Cuilcagh Legnabrocky Trail, County Fermanagh has been re-opened. For additional information please contact us on +44 (0) 28 66334 8855. 


March 22, 2016

A delegation from the UK Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks recently visited the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark.   The UK committee, which facilitates information and partnership working between the seven Global Geoparks in the UK, met at the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark to discuss matters relating to the recent UNESCO designation of the UK’s seven […]


March 9, 2016

For 2016 the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark has put together a truly diverse range of events and activities for locals and visitors alike to sample the wonderful delights of the area. We have compiled a comprehensive events programme for 2016 and aim to cater for all interests and abilities including boat trips, bee keeping […]


February 3, 2016

Please note that the Geopark Walking Trails in Castle Caldwell Forest and Lough Achork and the Castle Archdale Cycle Trail  in Lough Navar Forest have been re-opened.  The Recreational Trail at Tully Castle and the Marble Arch National Nature Reserve (Cladagh Glen) still remains closed. We are working to open these trails as soon as possible […]


December 14, 2015

Please note that Geopark Trails in the following locations have had to be closed due to high water levels: Castle Caldwell Forest Lough Achork, Lough Navar Forest Castle Archdale Cycle Trail Tully Castle Marble Arch National Nature Reserve (Cladagh Glen) We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


November 18, 2015

The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, which is home to some of the world’s most spectacular and geologically significant landscapes, has been awarded UNESCO Global Geopark status. The decision, announced by the UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) General Conference in Paris yesterday, sees the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark become Northern Ireland’s […]


October 20, 2015

 A  business delegation from the Saimaa district of southern Finland visited the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark on Thursday 1st October 2015 on a fact-finding mission. The group of 13 people included leading politicians, senior local government officers, business development experts and tourism managers.  They are part of a high-powered team who are planning to establish […]


September 21, 2015

Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark to feature on Lesser Spotted Journey’s Joe Mahon will be visiting Florencecourt and the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark in County Fermanagh and for the second episode of the new series of Lesser Spotted Journeys which will be aired on Tuesday 22 September at 8:00pm on UTV. Joe will travel up Cuilcagh […]


September 16, 2015

Last year, Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark was voted as one of the ‪#‎100Geosites‬ in the UK and Ireland by the Geological Society of London. Now they’re having a photo competition to include some of these sites. Why not enter your photos and help us to get in to the 2016 #100geosites calendar. The closing date for […]


July 24, 2015

The Marble Arch Caves have been awarded a 4-Star Quality Assurance Award by Tourism NI.  The independent Quality Grading Scheme for Visitor Experiences, developed by Tourism NI, awards tourist facilities and services with a 1 to 5 star rating to indicate the level of quality a visitor can expect when visiting an attraction or activity. […]


July 15, 2015

The Cuilcagh Mountain trail is now open to the summit of the mountain from the car park at Legnabrocky about 1 km from the road entrance to Marble Arch Caves.  A new boardwalk protects the rare blanket bog from erosion caused by walkers in the Cuilcagh Mountain Special Area of Conservation. The boardwalk was built […]


July 2, 2015

The Lough Navar Scenic Drive will be closed to the public on the 2 and 3 July.  It is scheduled to re-open on Saturday 4th July. If you require any additional information then please contact the Marble Arch Caves on +44 (0) 2866 34 8855.


April 16, 2015

To celebrate National Science and Engineering Week, the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark hosted a series of Earth Science Labs at the Marbl eArch Caves, Co.Fermanagh and Johnston Central Library, Cavan. Over 300 primary school students aged 8-11 years from Counties Fermanagh and Cavan participated in the workshops which we held from the 18 – […]


All issues with the Marble Arch Caves e-mail systems have been restored. Therefore should you wish to make a booking for the Marble Arch Caves or find out more information about the wider Geopark area, Events or Education programmes please contact us via e-mail mac@fermanaghomagh.com or via telephone +44 (0) 28 6634 8855.  We apologise for […]


April 3, 2015

At the Marble Arch Caves we are currently experiencing problems with our e-mail systems and we are working to get this restored as soon as possible.  We are open over the Easter period with tours available from 10:00am until 4:30pm daily. Advance booking is strongly recommended. Therefore, should you have an inquiry or wish to make […]


To celebrate National Science and Engineering Week, the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark hosted a series of Earth Science Labs at the Marbl eArch Caves, Co.Fermanagh and Johnston Central Library, Cavan. Over 300 primary school students aged 8-11 years from Counties Fermanagh and Cavan participated in the workshops which we held from the 18 – […]