Not too far from Glengormley on the cityside many people value the amenity, scenic and wildlife aspects of Valley Park. The adjacent background of Carnmoney Hill adds to the park’s popular appeal.
As a unique piece of countryside set amid urban surroundings it is well worth the attention of the conservation lobby. Yet, despite its attractiveness to walkers and naturalists, there is a suggestion from Newtownabbey Borough Council that a large section of the park could become a graveyard. Such a destructive step would not be in keeping with public efforts to protect our remaining greenbelts nor with those authorities who promote healthy outdoor activities.
Over the years many trees and shrubs have been planted in Valley Park and these offset the spacious grassy areas. In its entirety the parkland should really be viewed as an important part of the Carnmoney Hill conservation region. Habitats in Valley Park provide a refuge for various bird species, animals, butterflies and our declining bumblebee populations.
Local people have recognised the amenity and conservation interest of the park in a similar way to the excellent tree-planting work of the Woodland Trust on Carnmoney Hill. There too, the trust has created a wild flower meadow as a food source for bumblebees, honey bees and other beneficial pollinating insects.
Valley Park is recorded as being one of the places where the corncrake was last heard, so perhaps the bird could come there again if care is taken of the local environment.