Woodburn Glen is ‘a neglected gem’

Woodburn Glen in the early 20th century.  INCT 42-734-CON
Woodburn Glen in the early 20th century. INCT 42-734-CON

A group of residents are urging local people to cast their vote for a ‘neglected gem’ in a bid to identify Carrick’s greatest green space.

UK-wide charity Fields in Trust is seeking nominations from Northern Ireland in a search to find the UK’s favourite local park, selected by public vote.

And for Carrickfergus couple Robert and Yvonne Picken, Woodburn Glen is one rural beauty spot that deserves to be put back on the map.

“Woodburn Glen has been nominated by local residents as their favourite park/green space in spite of the fact that it is currently inaccessible to the public due to being in a state of disrepair,” said Robert.

Robert and Yvonne have previously joined other local residents in ongoing discussions with Mid and East Antrim Council and a number of other statutory agencies, with hopes of having the hidden treasure regenerated and become a shared space for all to visit and enjoy.

“This regeneration will complement Mid and East Antrim Council’s ‘Putting People First’ Initiative which was launched earlier this year,” Robert added.

The Glen is one of several spaces in the Mid and East Antrim borough which can be voted for on the Fields in Trust website, including Dixon Park, Larne and Carrick’s Marine Gardens.

“[Woodburn] is an old glen which goes back to Victorian times,” the website notes. “In springtime, the floor is covered in bluebells. Granite steps and old iron railings lead to the waterfall. Also, Neolithic caves known locally as pixie caves add magic to this glen, an Area of Special Scientific Interest - a gem being neglected.”

The public can go online and vote for Woodburn Glen at the following link: www.fieldsintrust.org/bestpark/northernireland#Woodburn-Glen

Voting opens at 9am on Saturday, October 14.