Sunday 25 July 2010

Bog snorkellers get down and dirty at Peatlands

The sixth Northern Ireland Bog Snorkelling Championship, took place at Peatlands Country Park on Sunday 25 July. The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) once again hosted the event, which attracted competitors from all over Ireland and helped to raise awareness of the importance of our bogs.

Colin Gates, Assistant Warden and event organiser said: “This energetic sport is very popular and gets people literally into the bog. Competitors have to swim two lengths of a 60-yard bog drain with the aid of a snorkel, mask and flippers and without using any conventional swimming strokes."

For those that didn’t fancy the idea of getting down and dirty in the bog, there was music, face painting and arts and crafts keeping the whole family entertained. There was also guided walks across the bog; the Bog Olympics; traditional turf cutting demonstrations; walkabout characters; free train rides to and from the Bog Snorkelling site as well as delicious food, drinks and ice cream.

A visit to the garden beside the Education Centre was a must for gardening enthusiasts to pick up some creative tips on how to reduce garden waste. A member of the Rethink Waste team was on hand to provide helpful ideas on how you can take a step further and move your indoor reduce, reuse and recycling good practices outside to the garden.

This event was entertaining for all the family and left everyone with a fun and memorable bog experience!

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