I welcome planned improvements at Redburn Country Park. The park can be accessed from the Old Holywood Road and includes a range of walks, with spectacular views across Belfast Lough for those who choose to walk to the top. The Park was previously part of the Dunville Family Estate and used to launch hot air balloons. It was also home to ‘Bruno’ the Bear and other wild animals.
A local resident recently contacted me concerned about the state of the park with paths currently in a bad state of repair, trail markings missing and much needed maps absent. In response I quickly made contact with the Park Warden and have been informed that work will commence soon to improve existing paths and the steps on “Rory’s Glen”. In addition to this a number of clearly marked trails will soon appear supported by maps at the park entrances to help guide people around the park.
I welcome this significant investment by the NI Environment Agency which will hopefully attract more visitors to Redburn Country Park and Holywood whilst also enabling people to lead healthy and more active lifestyles. The park is a real asset occupying a 100 hectare site with great woodland and amazing views possible for those who walk to the top. Visitors can also see the old bear pit where Bruno once lived.
A few years ago I visited the Kite Festival within the park and had the opportunity to fly my kite across Holywood. With increased visitor numbers on the horizon as a result of the planned improvements I hope events of this nature will again prove viable.