Na Tithe Gloine, Cill Ulta, An Fál Carrach, Co. Dhún na nGall

Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR (LAN) is a voluntary, community-based social enterprise with charitable status, primarily resourced through the Community Services Programme. Its objectives are to support the economic, social, environmental, and cultural sustainability of this unique Gaeltacht area within the context of local, national, and global developmental and employment opportunities.  It operates on a State-owned site in a Gaeltacht area on the Wild Atlantic Way which was formerly used for tomato production.  The locality is categorised as disadvantaged on the Pobal Deprivation Index.

LAN’s core function is the production of naturally grown, pesticide-free vegetables for the local community (box scheme), local retail outlets, and the food and cultural tourism sector. It is also a Smarter Energy Community in the process of completing an Energy Master Plan and is an active member of the SEAI Community Network.  LAN is in the early stages of rolling out a European Innovation Partnership which focuses on abandoned land parcels with the view to stimulating the vitality and socio-economic renewal of Cloich Cheann Fhaola by supporting and restoring small-scale farming enterprises in the area through upskilling and experimental cultivation activities.  It is an active learning centre in the areas of biodiversity, cultural and food tourism, organic growing, and healthy eating.

LAN utilised Dormant Accounts Funding to purchase a three-tonne excavator in order to: re-vitalise land resource capacity more efficiently and sustainably; rehabilitate and conserve land, not at the expense of the native biodiversity; upskill employees on plant usage; build upon the capacity and sustainability of this social enterprise within the wider Gaeltacht community; maximise the community-wide impact of the European Innovation Partnership.

It is envisaged that this capital investment and resulting self-sufficiency will improve efficiency, pace, economy and financial sustainability over the next 5 years, by supporting activities such as clearance of site areas in accordance to National Parks and Wildlife Service standards for Special Protection Area designation; clearance and ongoing maintenance of European Innovation Partnership project land; training in mechanical operation with biodiversity awareness; development of tourism facilities, and development of a reed-bed system for waste processing.Lárionad Acmhainni Nádúrtha project