Cork County Mayor Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea has warmly welcomed the allocation of financial assistance to 41 community and voluntary groups within County Cork as part of the 2015 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund scheme; a number of these groups are located in West Cork.
The Fund, which has operated since 1997, promotes sustainable development by assisting small-scale environmental projects at local level. These projects involve partnership arrangements between local authorities and various local groups including community groups, schools and environmental non government organisations.
Mayor O’ Shea said “The scheme has been a wonderful success over the years in Cork and is designed to help increase local levels of environmental awareness and help local communities become more sustainable”. Some of the successful community groups in West Cork who will carry out various environmental projects as a result of this cash injection include:
Eyeries Tidy Towns Committee: To create awareness of the biodiversity to be found on the existing loop walk based in Eyeries Village €250
Adrigole Greener Living Community Action Group: To increase awareness around impact of consumerism on the environment €1,200
Croi na Laoi development society: Enhancement of appearance of Inchigeela village €1,000
Coomhola Salmon Trust: Develop public engagement on water quality & wildlife issues €1,500
Inchageela Tidy Towns: Provide wildlife information boards €1,800
Dunmanway Family Resource Centre Ltd: Set up onsite wormery and Bokashi in vessel composting system in community garden for use as demonstration site €1,000
Bandon Allotments: Delivery of 8 week gardening course €1,000
Bandon Tidy Towns: Creative dog fouling signage and tyre recycle project €1,000
The projects highlight both the broad ranging efforts being made across Cork communities to generate involvement, and buy in, to the diverse, and highly creative, efforts in implementing innovative and effective environmental changes. They are both educational and practical and afford opportunities for participation at every level in the local community to get involved and make that change.