Young people from Strathfoyle have been praised after helping to collect 14 large bags of rubbish from around Enagh Lough.
The young members of Enagh Youth Forum participated in a major clean up at the historic Lough on Sunday.
The event was also supported by members of the public and safety cover was provided by Foyle Search & Rescue.
A spokesman for the organisers of the event, Enagh Youth Forum, said yesterday that more than 14 bags of rubbish were collected from in and around the Lough.
“A number of car tyres and metal road signs was also removed.
“Some items of most interest that were found included a computer printer, machete and an old camping stove.”
He added: “The young people of Enagh Youth Forum enjoyed participating in this clean-up and it was great to see their commitment to preserving and protecting the local wildlife and environment.”
Those involved in the clean-up have issued thanks to Dessie McCrystal at Derry City and Strabane District Council for providing them with litter pickers, bags and gloves in advance of the clean-up.
Paul Hughes from Enagh Youth Forum said last week that the Forum was continuing to lobby Council to invest in the area by providing much needed changing facilities for the many schools, colleges and youth groups which utilise the Enagh Lough area for canoeing, kayaking and outdoor learning.
The Forum has further called this week for a restoration of the Faughan Environmental Area.
Mr Hughes said: “Enagh Lough is a ‘Special Area of Scientific Importance’ (ASSI) situated just a stone’s throw away from Lisahally, the most industrialised zone in the North West, and not far from one of the the biggest illegal landfill dumps in Europe at Mobuoy Road. Furthermore the Faughan area which also has (ASSI) status, whilst strikingly beautiful and a haven for anglers has been polluted and neglected for far too long.”
Research has indicated that the lough is one of the most important historical sites in the North West, with a story stretching back to Neolithic times.
The site was important in the development of the early Christian Church in Ireland and O’Cahan’s Castle- the seat of a powerful Irish clan - was sited at Enagh Lough in the 14th century.