Last Friday, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine reopened the “Neighbourwood” Scheme, a project aimed at developing the country’s woodland areas. Local TDs Noel Coonan and Minister Alan Kelly have both welcomed the news.
Minister of State Shane McEntee announced last week that some funding will be made available to local authorities and other groups to improve woodland accessibility with “paths, signage and educational facilities”. The scheme will prioritise woodlands that are near population centers, and have good connections to other recreational and natural facilities. It will focus on those projects that are the best value for money, and provide most benefit to their respective communities.
After hearing the news, Minister for Public Transport and Commuter Affairs Alan Kelly said; “This is a good opportunity for communities throughout Tipperary to avail of funding to enhance their natural woodlands and attract more visitors to make use of wooded areas.” Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan also welcomes calls from those who wish to learn more about the project. “If any groups throughout Tipperary would like more information or a booklet on this scheme please feel free to contact my office on 0504 32544 and I would be glad to help,”
The time-frame for applicants is limited. Completed application forms for the Neighbourwood Scheme must be received in the Department’s offices at Johnstown Castle Estate, Wexford by 5.30pm on Monday, 20th August 2012.