“Old Homer” our much loved Holm Oak at the Bridge Street entrance to Kilbroney Park won the Northern Ireland Tree of the Year competition in 2016. As a result the Light 2000 Community Group decided to use a small grant from the Woodland Trust as a catalyst to create an ambitious project.

An Art Book to include creative writing, artworks and photographs based within the context of the history and information about some of the most notable trees in the park.

An application to Newry Mourne and Down District Council resulted in a further small grant and we embarked on what has turned out to be a two year and hugely challenging project. Along the way we received further funding from the Heritage Lotteries Fund and, towards the end of the project and without which it might never have happened, support from many local businesses.

As a result of everyone’s support we are proud to be able to present a beautiful book and a support exhibition .

The Trees of Kilbroney Park has been edited by Csilla Toldy and designed by Alistair Livingstone from work submitted by local and international artists and creative writers.

Accompanying the book is an exhibition of the artworks and limited edition prints which are for sale. The exhibition has now been seen now at The Church Cafe in Rostrevor, Cregagh Library and The Village Church in Belfast, the Sean Hollywood Art Centre in Newry and the market Place Art Gallery in Armagh. A small selection of the artworks are now on display ash The Rostrevor Inn in Rostrevor.