I love sharing success stories with an Irish twist and today I'm delighted to share some wonderful news of Emerald Heritage's ongoing accomplishments and accolades.
This year Emerald Heritage will reach a global audience of 60 million viewers when it is featured on two international travel programs.
The Glens of Antrim earned a well deserved place on a list of world's most exciting locations according to US Travel Channel and Luxury Channel AWE TV.
Emerald Heritage's Work:
Emerald Heritage, a social enterprise based in the Glens of Antrim, was established in 2014.
This family-business hit on the idea of selling small plots of land in the stunning hillsides of the Glens, and reinvesting the profits to reverse the serious deforestation of native Irish woodlands.
We explored their work together in previous posts about their conservation goals, and their tree planting program. A big thanks to many of you who have supported their work. They have gone from strength to strength. It's lovely to report once again on their plans and ambitions for protecting this beautiful part of Ireland.
Emerald Heritage was formed by Irish people for Irish people in response to the erosion of both Ireland’s landscape and aspects of our shared culture. Not content to sit back as great swathes of Ireland’s natural habitat and history was put to the sword, never to return, Emerald Heritage decided to act.
For an island famed for its sublime scenery and emerald hue it may come as a surprise to many to learn that Ireland is the least wooded country in Europe with just 1% of our native woodland remaining.
Centuries of unchecked development has resulted in this sad statistic and unless something is done the landscape, together with the plants, birds, and animals that call it home, will be lost forever.
Emerald Heritage Wows PBS:
Emerald Heritage's creative conservation concept has caught the attention of senior staff in PBS Media who have featured their work in two top rated travel programs.
‘Jet Set’ and ‘Travel in Style’ are broadcast in Ultra HD to more than 60 million viewers in the US, Russia, China and the Middle East, and will now give viewers across the globe a little glimpse of Ireland.
Scenes at Ballygally Castle Hotel, the Causeway Coastal Route and locations used in Game of Thrones feature prominently in the shows.
The Glens area saw off stiff competition from several luxury destinations around the world to join Monaco, Venice and Mauritius on this exclusive list of most exciting places.
Lyn Nelson, the founder of Emerald Heritage, which was only set up last year, added:
“This is an exciting and rare opportunity for us
and for the wider Causeway Coast and Glens area.
The region boasts some of the world’s most stunning locations,
and while millions of travelers make their way here each year,
its potential remains significant."
Richard Hall, Managing Director of PBS Media, said:
“This is an area that has so much to offer producers and tourists alike,
it’s not hard to see what keeps bringing them back year on year.
Many people think they already know the Causeway Coast and Glens,
but as we’re keen to show, the incredible locations,
warmth of the people and the diversity of experiences mean there is always
an adventure around each corner.
Game Of Thrones And The Glens Of Antrim:
Many viewers of these PBS programs may not realize they have seen these hills and glens, coasts and ocean views before. Emerald Heritage lands are located near where scenes of the TV smash Game of Thrones are filmed.
Believe it or not U.S. Game of Thrones' fans are rushing to snap up land in Northern Ireland’s Glens of Antrim, and the more people who buy a little plot of Irish land, the more land can be preserved and restored.
The complete map and driving itineraries can be found on the Causeway Coast and Glens website.
Owners of Emerald Heritage say the phenomenal success of the Game of Thrones series – much of which is filmed at locations throughout North Antrim - has led to a deluge of fans snapping up their own little slice of the area for an affordable US$50.
As well as gaining a unique souvenir, buyers become legally certified owners of Irish land which allows them to use the ancient Irish tradition title of ‘Squireen’, or ‘Squire’ in English meaning ‘Irish Landowner’.
A Few Words From Lyn Nelson:
Lyn Nelson, director of Emerald Heritage - the social enterprise behind the business, said:
“Many people in the United States already feel a deep connection with Ireland
and we’ve seen interest in this stunning area increase dramatically
as it is showcased in one of the most popular programs in the world.
We’ve tapped into that interest in a way that allows people to claim
a pocket of land nestled in the Glens Wood,
but in a way that will also protect the local heritage."
The PBS crew met with a warm welcome in County Antrim, with Lyn's team eager to showcase the incredible locations on their doorstep.
Richard Hall, managing director of PBS Media, was delighted with the success of their filming experience...
“Meeting with Lyn and hearing the story behind Emerald Heritage
has been a real highlight. It’s not often tourists have a chance
to legally and affordably own a part of a stunning destination
and do a small bit to conserve the nearby environment.”
So why not watch out for these episodes of ‘Jet Set’ and ‘Travel in Style’ which will air in the coming weeks. You can learn more on the Emerald Heritage website.
Codes For Land Purchases:
A Quick Note and Legal Disclaimer: If you choose to utilize the discount code listed below I will earn a commission for your land purchase. If you have any questions you can contact me or leave a comment, and I’ll do my very best to reply.
Purchasing a plot is very simple and can be completed online through the Emerald Heritage website.
The good folk at Emerald Heritage have graciously offered Irish American Mom’s readers a 10% discount when purchasing their own plots of land.
To avail of this offer, simply type one of these codes at the end of the purchasing process ….
“irishamericanmom1” for a 1 sq ft plot
“irishamericanmom2” for a 1 sq ft joint plot
Note – The 10% discount applies to land purchase prices only. The land registration fee is a separate charge.
Best Wishes For Continued Success:
Wishing Lyn and her team every success as they share the scenery, stories and warmth of Ireland with a global viewing audience.
And may all new Squireens and Squiresses enjoy their very own little piece of the Emerald Isle, knowing their purchase is helping to preserve the beauty and heritage of our magnificent island.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Irish American Mom
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