Nature Awareness Vision
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Over the coming years I intend to deliver a series of environmental awareness projects in my local Donegal schools and community . I believe that storytelling and cultural wisdom has an important role to play in communicating vital cautionary messages for our time. I also hope that these projects will help fulfil our travel company’s Climate Concern Commitment for Ireland Guided Travel and inspire other Irish tour operators to take similar actions.
Keith Corcoran: Founder of Ireland Guided Travel
Woodland Awareness Project
The objectives of this project is to play our small part for the environment and climate crisis, while increasing awareness in our local schools and community of the many benefits of replanting native woodlands. These actions will be carried out through voluntary tree planting days, storytelling, primary schools projects, nature walks and press releases through local print/online media sources.
Keith’s Climate Concern Pledge
€2.50 from each book sale on this website will go towards funding the purchase of 3 acres of land. See background blog – Close Encounters of the Wild Side
€50 per guest per Ireland Guided Travel tour will go towards this project as part of our family run company’s Climate Responsible Pledge.
*Please note, we are not changing our tour prices to cover it — we’re taking it out of our own profits.
*(Ireland tours to resume from March 2022)
Core Initial Start Up Costs of Project
The private purchase of 3 acres of marginal land with some existing woodland cover, and the purchase of mature tree saplings and deer guards. Sale yet to be agreed. All works to be carried out on a voluntary basis by a small local team of core volunteers.
The native woodland awareness project will include;
- Education talks in local schools from September 2021
- A biannual online blog documenting the project’s progress
- Establishment of a core voluntary support group of like-minded individuals
- Replanting 3 acres of marginal agricultural land with a rich variety of native trees including oak, birch, hazel, alder, elder, holly, hawthorn and blackthorn
- On-site talks and demonstrations with tree expert, Steven Meyen, on tree and hedgerow planting
- Walk and talk with Donegal wildlife expert Liz Shephard
- Creation of a wild pond habitat for frogs and other wetland flora and fauna
Drumhome’s Living Rivers Project
We are delighted to announce that An Taisce (The National Trust for Ireland) have recently come on board to support our first schools and local community awareness project to be carried out during September 2021. (Providing current Covid 19 restrictions are lifted.)
This project carried out in conjunction with the Donegal Water Authority Officer, Jimmy McVeigh, will include Keith personally delivering;
- Three environmental awareness workshops with three primary schools involving local folklore and stories
- Three nature walks/field trips to visit local rivers and discuss their ecological importance
- A biodiversity/folklore/nature weekend walk for the local community
- A tree planting day on a designated stretch of a local river to complete the project
Please Note: Coordinator of these projects is Keith Corcoran
Address: Trummon, Laghey, Co. Donegal, Ireland
We make our living by what we get, but we make our life by what we give.