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Our aim is to restore the River Quoile to its rightful status as Downpatrick’s finest natural asset, and in doing so; 

    • improve sustainable recreational access to the river  
    • improve water quality
    • boost biodiversity  

 

Who is driving the campaign?

A steering group, consisting of local residents, community representatives and businesses, has been set up to drive the campaign, but we’re encouraging everyone living and working along the River Quoile to get involved.

 

Why should I get involved?

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.

Clean up the Quoile conducted a survey recently where 78% of respondents said they 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.

  • As a destination for water sports and recreation.
  • A tourist hot spot soaked in rich history.
  • An educational hub for learning about the world around us.
  • A cultural asset for local people to be proud off. 

 

How can I get involved?

If you are a business or member of the local community:

  • Share your stories of the Quoile here and on social media – whether memories from the past or issues of the day, you can help inform the campaign.
  • Follow us on social media – Facebook: @cleanthequoileTwitter: @cleanthequoile
  • Help keep the Quoile area tidy and free from litter.  Encourage others to ‘clean up’ after themselves.
  • Organise and participate in litter picks or volunteer in community activities such as bird counting or water testing to help us ‘clean up the Quoile’. Information will be shared on our social media pages.
  • Report any behaviour that could be deemed detrimental to the quality of water or recreational enjoyment at the Quoile, eg dumping, dog fouling
  • Support the campaign and help us raise awareness by signing our petition at www.cleanthequoile.com
  • If you support the campaign, shout about it – we’ll list your business / group as a supporter of the campaign on our website.

If you are a land steward along the River Quoile, commit to a journey that will help reduce river pollution:

  • Re-fence waterways on your land that run into the river. 
  • Ensure correct effluent and slurry management. 
  • Plant trees by river ways to help reduce soil erosion.
  • Responsibly use fertiliser on the land
  • Soil-sample annually to ensure best fertiliser usage and reduce fertiliser run-off. 
  • Engage and work collaboratively with campaign organisers, local farmers and relevant agencies to achieve the aims of the ‘Clean up the Quoile’ campaign.
  • If you support the campaign, shout about it – we’ll list your business / group as a supporter of the campaign on our website.

If you are a community group, school or college:

  • Be part of the solution – educate students and local residents about the rich history of the River Quoile and its significance to the local area – birdlife and bio-diversity.
  • Utilise our resources to incorporate the River Quoile into ‘the world around us’ topic with a walk around the Quoile or a talk supported by our knowledgeable supporters.
  • Participate in organised ‘Clean up the Quoile’ activities. We are collating a list – let us know if you can support.
  • If you support the campaign, shout about it – we’ll list your business / group as a supporter of the campaign on our website.

If you would like to discuss the Clean up the Quoile campaign or you’d like more information on how you can get involved in our campaign activities, please email us at hello@cleanthequoile.com.

 

Mission statement

We are calling for a co-ordinated, multi-agency approach to cleaning up the River Quoile. We are pleased that conversations have begun and we hope to create a masterplan together. We want to restore the River Quoile to its rightful status as Downpatrick’s finest natural asset.

Our aim is to:

  • Improve sustainable recreational access to the river
  • Improve water quality
  • Restore bio-diversity