The children at the unveiling at Manch.

THE unveiling of a fantastic biodiversity mural painted by the children of Ballymoney National School proved to be one of the highlights at the Forestry Foundation Open Day a Ballineen’s Manch Estate recently.

The children learned all about native Irish woodland plants and animals, and planned the mural to depict a typical woodland scene showing different native Irish species. The purpose of the mural is to illustrate to the public how important woodlands are to Irish wildlife and how diverse the species in a broadleaf forest can be.

As well as the unveiling of the mural, a children’s sing song and storytelling, an interactive Lorax (Dr Suess) guided walk, music and food and a “Bat Evening” with expert bat specialist Conor Kelleher were all part of a very successful event.