Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?
Heritage Council awards for traditional skills : 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, for biodiversity project 2014.
AONTAS (National Association of Adult Education) Star Award 2007 - Special Commendation
Green Communities Award 2013 - 2nd place (eco-communities section)
Pride of Place Award 2014 - 2nd place (eco-communities section)
Where have you learnt about the competition?
Membership of The Wheel community & voluntary organisation
Tell us about your partnerships:
Since 2001 with Muintir na Coille (Irish Coppice Association) delivering traditional skills training.
Since 2004 : Woodland League promoting native woodlands and woodland management skills.
Since 2005 : Irish Environmental Network - with up to 26 NGOs on projects, exhibitions.
Since 2006 : Tuamgraney Development Association - managing Community Woodland Wildlife Park
Since 2011 : Slieve Aughty Centre - traditional skills training events
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
The site needs groundworks and deer-fencing before new trees and crops can be planted. There is limited space to demonstrate different systems of woodland management and agroforestry. We will carefully design the site before doing necessary works to get maximum benefit from all available space with minimum effort. We propose to acquire use of other sites in the locality to develop different woodland management and agroforestry systems. Funds and volunteers must be sourced to help set up the project. Local landowners will be encouraged to participate.