Have you ever dreamed of owning a little piece of Ireland? Well if so, today's your day to enter our Emerald Heritage giveaway for a chance to become the proud owner of a little plot of Irish land.
I'm delighted to introduce you to a new and unusual idea. Emerald Heritage is offering for sale small plots of land within the Glens of Antrim, in an effort to protect this area from deforestation and to promote regeneration of this natural wildlife habitat.
Today's fabulous prize is a one-square foot plot of land in the Antrim hills. But first, here's some information about Emerald Heritage's unique and wonderful conservation work.
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About Emerald Heritage
Emerald Heritage was established by some concerned Irish people to help conserve the land and protect the habitat in this officially recognized Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
"Irish landscape and its protection and enhancement is the primary goal of Emerald Heritage.”
The Emerald Heritage team was worried about the possible development of this historical area. They chose to purchase an estate to ensure it is permanently protected and preserved for natural wild plants and animal species.
By offering the public an opportunity to acquire souvenir plots, they hope to promote a world wide effort toward preservation of Ireland's natural beauty.
Here's a little snippet from their website where they fully describe their mission and purpose:
"Through your sponsorship we will be able to acquire further land to conserve and continue to restore Ireland’s native trees, such as oak, pine and birch providing woodland habitat for wildlife in an area where deciduous woodland is scarce. We are also working to restore native woodland flowers such as bluebells, bramble and blackthorn."
A commitment is made to all those who choose to purchase a small plot of land and assist them on their mission.
No trees will ever be harvested and no hunting will ever be permitted on the estate. "By allowing this woodland to regenerate naturally it will be a safe haven for wildlife – in perpetuity."
A little piece of Ireland, is available for purchase in plots of 1, 4 and 9 square feet with prices starting from $50.00.
This land will be yours forever, becoming part of your personal estate. Your Irish legacy can be passed on to your children and grandchildren.
Upon purchase you will receive:
- personalized legal documentation for ownership of your land together with a certificate on parchment paper perfect for framing.
- a photograph of your plot,
- a map of the estate with directions and GPS co-ordinates for your plot.
- master title deed,
- a host of information about the area and its history.
- plus a beautifully presented folder for all your documents.
You may also choose to pay an additional fee to register your land ownership with the Northern Ireland Land Registry.
What Can I Do With My Plot Of Land?
This land is located in a beautiful, scenic part of Northern Ireland. As a landowner you are welcome to visit the area and take a walk around the woodland and photograph your little piece of Ireland.
You are welcome to scatter ashes, plant a tree, or leave a memorial stone. There are terms and conditions applied to the purchase of the land as it is zoned as a protected woodland:
- No shooting
- No building
- No subdividing your plot
- Not for use as a commercial campsite
Become a Squireen or Squiress
The team at Emerald Heritage have added a little bit of fun into their land ownership process.
As an Irish landowner you may adopt the title of 'Squireen' meaning Irish Landowner, the English terms being ‘Squire’ (male form) or ‘Squiress’ (female form).
But remember, "it is simply a courtesy title, not a nobility title."
Purchasing A Plot Plus A Special Discount Code
A little piece of Ireland is truly an unusual gift, but I can imagine this unique gift becoming a treasured legacy for those of us with Irish ancestry.
A Quick Note and Legal Disclaimer: If you choose to utilize the discount code listed below I will earn a commission for your purchase. Thanks to the generosity of Emerald Heritage I too am now the proud owner of a one square foot plot of Irish land. 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.
Some Images Courtesy of Causeway Coast & Glens
Emerald Heritage's website is a wealth of information about this project. In addition they have been featured in Environment Magazine, Good Housekeeping UK, and a host of other publications in Ireland, and the UK. Further information is available on their Emerald Heritage News page.
You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
And so, it is time for our little giveaway. Here's your chance to own a little piece of Ireland.
The winner will receive the following prize package:
- A plot of land sized – 1 ft x 1 ft
- Access to the estate in perpetuity.
- Information and pictures of the area.
- A map of the estate and directions and GPS co-ordinates of your plot.
- Your personalized legal documentation for ownership of your land and certificate on parchment paper perfect for framing.
- A beautifully presented folder for all your documents.
To enter simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter Widget below. Don't forget to leave a comment on this blog post to complete your entry. Any comment will do, but I'd love to hear why you'd love to own a little piece of Ireland.
A big thank you to Emerald Heritage for sponsoring this giveaway, and to Causeway Coast & Glens Heritage Trust for their support of this endeavor and the beautiful photos of this magnificent area.
And thanks also to everyone who enters and spreads the word about this little giveaway. I really appreciate each and every one of my readers.
Feel free to share away on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter. Your help will go a long way to spread the word about this amazing project.
Thanks for following my recipes and ramblings.
Slán agus beannacht,
(Goodbye and blessings)
Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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Hello! I am excited about this opportunity! It would be great to own a bit of Ireland, mostly because it is a part of my family heritage. But, also because I just love Ireland, and all things Irish! Thanks!!
Love me a bit of me homeland
This is the most wonderful idea by Emerald Heritage, and a wonderful giveaway, Mairead!
It has long been my dream to own a property in Ireland, as I love Ireland and my Irish roots! If I won, I could honestly tell people I own a small plot of land in Ireland, and it would not be a bunch of blarney! 🙂
I just entered. I discovered your blog after visiting my ancestral homeland of Ireland for the first time last month. I just fell madly, crazy in love with Ireland and told my husband and son that I want my ashes spread there someday -- a very long time from now, I hope!
I'd love to plant a tree in Ireland
I would love this. I do think it is a neat idea
Heather and Michael Wilson
My husband Michael has given me much in the way of caring for me through a preexisting illiness. In return I would love to see him aquire a bit of Ireland, a country we have talked about visiting because of his ancestral heritage!
How wonderful! I love this!
I think this is a wonderful idea! Great that they have allowed your readers a discount to purchase this!
Top of the morning to you, my dear! xx
Shawn Marie Strait
I'd love to own a wee bit of Eire 🙂
I would love to be a landowner in Ireland!
Thanks for the chance!
A very blessed Tgiving to you and yours, M.!
It is my life dream to return where my Grandparents came from! We are from IslandMagee originally. This would be the most fantastic wish come true! x
I think this is a great idea. It would be great to plant a tree in Ireland!
Elaine Smith Mead
I would love to own some a bit of Ireland. It is such a magical pure place. I already feel like it is the home of my soul and I would love to be able to help preserve as much of it as possible. It has such a rich heritage that we cant let be destroyed. Once it is gone we cant get it back.
Karen L. White
Ireland is #1 on my bucket list!
I would love to gift the prize to my husband. We both have Irish heritage!
I would love to own a piece of Ireland. What a fun giveaway. Thanks, Mairead!
This would be so amazing! I have been thinking about purchasing this as a gift for my husband for Christmas this year! Our Irish heritage is so important to us and having this simple reminder would be such a fun thing to share with our friends and family!
Irish American Mom
Congratulations to Linda. She can now call herself Squiress since she is the winner of our prize and will soon be the proud owner of a little piece of Ireland. Thanks to everyone who entered this giveaway, and for checking out the wonderful work of Emerald Heritage. A big thank you to Emerald Heritage also for sponsoring this unique prize.
When I found out that Emerald Heritage was selling souvenir plots which can be registered officially (in contrast to Highland Titles), I almost immediately decided to buy one for me and for my girlfriend; knowing that it was actually both helping a very beautiful environment while being proud to own even a tiny piece of it. I'm looking forward to show this to my girlfriend so that we have an additional opportunity to discover new places such as these regions of Northern Ireland!
Irish American Mom
Hi Ciril - I'm delighted to be able to introduce you to this company and their wonderful conservation work.
Best wishes for a very happy New Year.