Community groups in Offaly receive over €16,000 from the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme

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TWO community groups in Offaly have separately received a combined total of over €16,000 for peatland conservation support activities.

The Cloghan Development Association has received €14,030 to create a 10km track allowing the local community to enjoy the area’s peatlands. The Clara Heritage Society has received government funding of €2,280 to organize a summer solstice event in the Tony’s Hill area of ​​Clara Bog. The objective of the event is to bring the inhabitants of the city and the surrounding area closer to their heritage while informing them of the historical, environmental and social importance of peatlands.

Total funding of €160,000 was announced by the Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan TD, as part of the Bogs Community Engagement Programme. The program encourages local peatland communities, local groups, local schools and individuals to conserve and revitalize peatlands, raised and blanket bogs in Special Areas of Conservation, Natural Heritage Areas and other areas peat bogs. It also promotes public engagement and awareness of our natural heritage. The program focuses on community-led projects and a group of volunteers, who play a vital role in promoting and implementing peatland conservation and restoration in Ireland. The program is managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, a division of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Funding from the 2022 Peatlands Community Engagement Program will support the Peatlands Conversation Projects in several ways, including:

Conduct surveys to inform peatland restoration management plans,
Develop visitor amenities, including the installation of information and anti-litter signs
Development and maintenance of peat trails,
Public awareness, such as the production of information booklets, brochures and training manuals, awareness and education days, education programs and the facilitation of seminars with expert speakers.
The projects that will benefit from this funding span across Ireland including Galway, Westmeath, Kildare, Offaly, Mayo, Kerry, Cavan, Monaghan and Dublin.

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