€75,000 Granted To Midlands Bog Restoration Project

It comes under the Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme in 2022.

A midlands bog restoration project will benefit from an additional €75,000.

The grant will be given to the Abbeyleix Bog Project volunteer group, to assist in peatland restoration measures.

Volunteer Chris Uys says the money will be used in rehabilitation works:

Malcolm Noonan TD, Minister of State for Heritage and Electoral Reform, says:

“Community groups play such an important role in protecting nature and biodiversity, and those involved in the conservation and restoration of 103 hectares of Abbeyleix Bog back in 2009 were ahead of their time. I’m delighted to be able to support this next phase of the project, which will take in areas of cutaway bog and wet woodland. Through this work, the bog will become a functioning peatland again, halting carbon emissions, enhancing water quality, and providing habitats for a diverse range of unique flora and fauna which have adapted to life in the bogs. This model of government-supported, community-led restoration is a powerful one and I’d like to encourage anyone interested in taking action to restore peatlands to consider replicating its success.”

Laois Offaly Senator and Minister, Pippa Hackett said that today’s announcement was a testament ‘to the grit and determination’ of the Abbeyleix Bog Project team. “They presented the Department of Heritage’s Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme with a ‘no brainer’ of a proposal for restoration. I am delighted that their effort has been resoundingly rewarded.”


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