15 Clare environmental projects receive €22k

15 Clare environmental projects receive €22k

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euro€22,000 has been allocated to community groups and environmental organisations across County Clare under the 2014 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund.

The Fund, which is administered by Clare County Council in conjunction with the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, will benefit 15 local projects and schemes that are seeking to increase local levels of environmental awareness and help communities become more sustainable.

A total of €22,000 is being allocated to 15 Clare projects around County Clare.

The projects include:
–    Lorraine Power: Implementing best practice environmental projects for Tidy Towns groups (€2,500)
–    Laghtagoona Residents Assoc.: Estate Enhancement Project (€2,450)
–    East Clare Co Operative: Future of Food – 1010 for 2010 Documentary (€2,450)
–    Ennistymon Tidy Towns: Polytunnel Project (€2,215)
–    Coomhola Salmon Trust Ltd: Streamscapes X-Stream (€1,500)
–    The Golden Eagle Trust: WTSE Schools Workbook Update (€1,400)
–    The Story of the Rubbish Monster: To educate children about the benefits of recycling and anti-litter and environmental awareness (€1,320)
–    Bat Conservation Ireland Ltd: Preparing volunteers for BATLAS 2020 survey (€1,300)
–    Rainbow Upcycling & Education: To introduce the concept of upcycling to the community (€1,275)
–    Grass Roots Education: Environmental education workshops to schools to educate children about all aspects of the natural environment (€1,250)
–    CELT: Community Training Coppice Woodland Management Skills (€1,100)
–    Hasting Heritage Garden Project: Restoration of Hastings Farmhouse gardens and vegetable plot (€1,000)
–    Garden of Eden Project: Clare Community Orchards (€900)
–    Irish Seed Savers Association: Creating biodiversity awareness at primary schools (€840)
–    GIY Ballyvaughan: Winter Workshops on Growing Your Own Produce (€500).

Senator Tony Mulchay commented: “This Fund has supported a wide variety of local projects and schemes down through the years, including community gardens, allotments and compost schemes, rainwater harvesting systems, educational initiatives and environmental exhibitions. Each of these projects has helped to further improve the sustainability and physical appearance of the respective communities.”

“All projects being allocated funding this year focus on environmental awareness and action, which complement national environmental policies such as those on Waste, Biodiversity Change and Sustainable Development. Among the actions being progressed as a result of this funding announcement is the provision of information and assistance to Tidy Towns groups on sustainable waste and resource management, increasing biodiversity awareness amongst primary school students, and the restoration of the gardens and vegetable plot at Hastings Farmhouse, Shannon’s oldest traditional building,” added Senator Mulcahy.

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