|The Peatlands Community Engagement Scheme is administered by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and was developed to grant funds for a broad range of projects, events, activities and works to support the conservation of raised bog Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) and other raised bog areas.
Kilteevan Tidy Towns are a voluntary community group in Co. Roscommon who are helping to increase community engagement with their local peatland habitats, to raise awareness around biodiversity and the importance of conservation of their unique and rare habitat and also to increase its value as a social, tourism and recreational area. In 2018 they were awarded funding of €17,000 under the Scheme to develop a walking trail, the Cloonlarge loop, around Kilteevan bog and for trail signage and other promotional material.
In February this year they hosted a 5k walk on the Cloonlarge Loop to celebrate World Wetlands Day, to help raise awareness of the important role played by wetlands in helping to mitigate the effects of climate change, and in May they held their first “School Eco Tour” for 85 pupils from Roscommon.
In 2019 the group have been awarded funding to further enhance the tourism, educational and recreational developments of the Cloonlarge Loop. This will include the installation of a recycled plastic boardwalk and seating area next to a bog pool with information panels on the wildlife that inhabit the Pool. Clonlarge Loop Walking Guide
This project is a perfect example of a local community group and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht working together to highlight the conservation benefits of our unique raised bogs while also increasing its rural tourism and recreational potential.
Clonlarge Loop Walking Guide
Trail Signage Information Panel