Clean up the Quoile is a community conservation campaign delivered by The River Quoile Trust based in Downpatrick. Its purpose is to conserve, protect, rehabilitate and improve the waterway area that is known as the River Quoile, for the advancement of environmental, recreational and educational improvement.
Why is this important?
The River Quoile is a landmark in County Down, spanning 27 miles from its mouth in Ballynahinch, flowing through Downpatrick to its output at Strangford Lough. While the Quoile Estuary was once an important transport route, these days it’s more synonymous with dog walking and coarse fishing.
However, it could be so much more if it was cleaned up.
A survey conducted by the group found that 78% of respondents believed the river was not in a good environmental condition, and this was preventing the Quoile area from reaching its full potential.
Local people want to see the river restored.
How can I get involved?
Are you a business or member of the local community?
Are you a land steward managing land along the River Quoile and are you ready to commit to a journey that will help reduce river pollution?
If you are a community group, school or college:
If you support the campaign, shout about it – we’ll list your business / group as a supporter of the campaign on our website.
We want to protect and enhance the River Quoile, and restore it to its rightful status as Downpatrick’s finest natural asset; so it can be preserved for future generations.
Our aim is to:
To achieve this, we deliver:
The scale of the challenge necessitates a co-ordinated, multi-agency approach with partnership from farmers, landowners, water companies, government bodies and the third sector, as well as the general public.