Bur­ren in bloom

The Irish Times Magazine - - WE LOVE - Louise Bru­ton

The Bur­ren is al­ways full of life but some­times that life is hid­den un­der the sprawl­ing lime­stone and hazel that cov­ers the land. When spring starts turn­ing into sum­mer, flushes of colour ap­pear and that hid­den life comes into full view.

Through a se­ries of walks, talks, work­shops and events, the Bur­ren in Bloom fes­ti­val al­lows fam­i­lies to ex­plore the flora and fauna and to learn about its in­hab­i­tants. Run­ning from May 18th to 30th, dif­fer­ent events such as farm walks in the Bur­ren Na­ture Sanc­tu­ary, will be tak­ing place in dif­fer­ent venues in north Clare and south Gal­way.

There’s a “Taste the Bur­ren Herb Walk” on May 18th at Bur­ren Na­ture Sanc­tu­ary, Cloonasee, Kin­vara. Start­ing at 3pm the walk takes in a 50- acre or­ganic farm fea­tur­ing Bur­ren habi­tats of shat­tered lime­stone, an­cient wood­land, dis­ap­pear­ing lake and or­chid rich grass­land. There will be a herb pesto mak­ing demon­stra­tion and sam­ple with savoury scones and sea­weed gar­nish. Tick­ets: ¤ 10/¤ 5 for Bur­ren Beo Trust mem­bers.

Co- or­di­nated by the Bur­ren­beo Trust and sup­ported by the Her­itage Coun­cil and lo­cal busi­nesses, book­ing is re­quired for some events. Find out more at bur­ren­in­bloom. com

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