Who we are
We are a commercially viable, cross community organisation, committed to the development and management of the Colin River Valley.
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We offer a broad range of educational opportunities throughout the year.Information on educational activities
How it all began
The Colin Glen Trust's reclamation of the Colin Glen between the Stewartstown Road and the Glen Road began in the mid 80's with the cleansing of part of the Colin River and has now grown into one of the largest community-led environmental schemes in Europe.
History of the Trust
The Colin Glen Trust was formed in October 1989 to succeed several Action for Community Employment organisations in the local area and is overseen by a voluntary Board of Directors, representative of both communities in the area.
The Trust moved into their current offices in 1995, providing office accommodation and public access space (including exhibition space and teaching rooms).
Trust Board Members
The current members of the Colin Glen Trust Board are:
- Chairman David Raymond
- Cllr Jenny Palmer
- Cllr Charlene O’Hara
- Jonathan McCluggage
- Derek McCallan
- Cllr Tim Attwood
Future Plans for Colin Glen
Colin Glen Leisure In 1994, Colin Glen Trust set up its Leisure arm having taken on the management of what was left of the old Dunmurry Golf Course. Now we have one of the best nine hole golf courses in the land and in recent years we have successfully developed a 16 bay driving range; a short game practice area; four 3G multi-sport pitches and are currently building a small fitness suite. Our Resident Golf Pro - Peter Martin offers top level coaching from a private bay on the driving range equipped with all the latest technology. Currently being built is Gym 10 a small fitness facility to add to the range of programmes and facilities on offer. With planning permission for more pitches and foresight to link with the upper park via land near the Stewartstown Road, Colin Glen Leisure is quickly becoming the largest leisure facility in West Belfast.
Colin Glen Forest Park started a process of diversification in 2013 to secure the financial viability and future of the organisation by building SKYtrek - Ireland's most challenging High Ropes Course, Climbing Challenges & Zip Lines. In 2014 a number of other outdoor activities were added to increase product offerings and increase customer spend including Archery, Lazer Tag, Kayaking, Raft Building, Orienteering, Team Games along with Belfast's only Tee-Pee Village. Funding is currently being sourced for the development of Mountain Biking Trails, Pump Track and Skills Area. Ambitious plans exist for a Tree Top Roller Coaster, Luge Style Alpine Forest Coaster, Flying Fox, Caving Facility and Tree Top Accommodation as well as a purpose built residential activity and youth centre on a new site at the top of the park overlooking Belfast.
Colin Glen Environmental Programme has been running for 25 years and is the most well renowned field trip for schools of all ages attracting over 5,000 participants per year. Plans are to revamp the programme this year to update and make it increasingly attractive to schools and youth groups. A programme of events will also accompany this using successful pilot events. Bat Nights, Fungi Forays, Bush & Camp Craft, Leave No Trace, Nature Trails, Pond Dipping, River Studies are some of the many programmes offered by our Park Ranger Paul Bennett. Ambitious future plans exist for an Interactive Heritage Zone-from Dinosaurs to Plantation to Industry to Myth & Legend along with educational facilities and classrooms.
Colin Glen Youth - In 2013 Colin Glen secured funding from The Big Lottery to begin the 'Grow the Forest - Youth Empowerment Programme’. Within the programme’s first year we successfully delivered 27 programmes engaging 340 youth. Programmes focused on Healthy Living, Sport & Fitness, Education, Employment and Accredited Training. With local youth at the heart of everything we do, Colin Glen will leave a lasting legacy for the surrounding communities.