Date Posted: 26.11.2016
A First for the Region
At a special event in Dunmore East the Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. Adam Wyse, officially opened the Dunmore East NeighbourWood Scheme. The scheme, which was funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the Forest Programme 2014 – 2020 is a huge boost to the local communities and the larger region and is free of charge to all.
The NeighbourWood Scheme is focused on releasing the recreational and wider social benefits that woodland and forests can provide.
Officially opening the Dunmore NeighbourWood, Mayor Wyse said, “What will make this woodland a NeighbourWood is how it is perceived by local people. NeighbourWoods are an invaluable community resource and part of the local fabric of life and sense of place. They provide individuals, families and friends time-out and contact with the natural world, promote public health, well-being and a better quality of life, and create a resource for people young and old to learn about nature and the environment. I hope that the people of Dunmore East and further afield throughout the entire City and County of Waterford will enjoy this amenity which has been provided for by a wonderful group of individuals."
The Dunmore Woods, which were first planted at the end of the 18th century as part of the Curraghmore Estate, were handed over to the people of the Dunmore East area in trust by the 7th Marquis of Waterford for recreational use in 1924. Following severe storm damage to the woods in 2014 it was decided that the new NeighbourWood Scheme was what was needed to rejuvenate the woodland.
Mr. Andrew Doyle TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry welcomed the opening of the Dunmore East Community Woodland. Congratulating the local Dunmore East Woods and Park Trust, he commented “Forestry plays an important role in providing recreational and amenity benefits to local communities. I therefore congratulate the Trust on their development of this fantastic resource in Dunmore East using the funding provided by my Department under the Neighbour Wood Scheme”.
Speaking at the launch Mary Torrie, Treasurer of the Dunmore Woodland Trust said,
“We contacted Forestry Services Limited for advice and guidance and an application was submitted to the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine which was successful. Work commenced in February 2016 and thanks to professional help and guidance from Tommy Enright, Forestry Services Limited, we now have a NeighbourWood scheme that the Marquis of Waterford would be proud of.”
Also speaking at the event, Tommy Enright on behalf of Forestry Services Limited said
“This project provided a unique challenge and opportunity to provide a lasting amenity to the community and wider region. It involved every aspect of forestry from planting to harvesting, safe and accessible walkways through the woodland with access points using timber fencing and informative signage. The scheme has given a new lease of life to the Dunmore East Woods for generations to come and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “
Also at the opening the woods were blessed by Rev. Fr. Brian Power PP and Dean Maria Jansson.
Also present at the event were Department and Forest Services Officials, Trustees of the Dunmore Woodland Trust, as well as representatives of the local community - local groups, clubs, organisations, schools, hotels restaurants and other tourist attractions.