Corrog Wood

Recently planted wood north of Portaferry

Corrog Wood was acquired by the Woodland Trust in January 2000, one of 52 woods cared for by the trust in Northern Ireland. Approximately 1.6km north of Portaferry, Co Down, the recently planted wood was formerly grazing fields set upon a drumlin in the rolling landscape typical of the Ards Peninsula.

From the top of the wood you can see down to Strangford Lough, Ballyherly Lough, and the Portaferry House lands. The excellent views reveal how little of the peninsula is wooded apart from Corrog Wood.

Visitors to Corrog Wood will be greeted by an intriguing wooden sculpture of Lily the Dryad, affectionately referred to as the ‘Frump in the Stump’ by local residents. Standing at the entrance, the dryad keeps a watchful eye on the new woodland. A kissing gate and loop pathway then lead up to the six hectare site, where approximately 12,000 native trees and 400m of hedging have been planted.

© Kevin Byers 2004