Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment, a community-led voluntary group, has been awarded a grant of €4,800 for the conservation and management plan for Griston Bog in Ballylanders.

This funding was provided under the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme 2023, led by the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government, and Heritage. The scheme aims to encourage local initiatives in the conservation and revitalisation of peatlands, fostering public engagement with Ireland's natural heritage and environment.

Griston Bog, Ballylanders, Co. Limerick

The primary objective of this project is to deepen understanding of the biodiversity present at Griston Bog. By gaining valuable insights into the unique ecosystem of the bog, Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment aims to influence future management decisions, ensuring the preservation and enhancement of biodiversity remains at the forefront of the bog's development.

To ensure broad community involvement, the findings of the biodiversity study will be shared with the residents of Ballylanders, as well as being made accessible to future visitors to Griston Bog.

This initiative aims to foster a sense of connection and appreciation for the local natural heritage, encouraging sustainable practices and fostering a deeper understanding of the importance of biodiversity conservation.

Community-led projects and volunteer groups, such as Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment, play a pivotal role in promoting and implementing peatland conservation and restoration across Ireland. Their dedication and commitment contribute significantly to the sustainable preservation of our natural habitats, ensuring their longevity for future generations to enjoy.

Ballyhoura Development commend the board of Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment on this achievement. The funding awarded to Ballyhoura Heritage & Environment is a significant milestone, allowing them to conduct an in-depth biodiversity study and take crucial steps towards the long-term conservation and management of Griston Bog. This project not only benefits the local community but also contributes to the broader understanding and preservation of Ireland's natural heritage.

To find more about the biodiversity and climate change initiatives, as well as access information and resources, visit Ballyhoura Development's 'Green Spaces, Places & People' page.

Green Spaces, Places & People