Progress on NeighbourWood
Roundwood and District Community Council is currently developing a new NeighbourWood site in the locality which will provide a woodland amenity for public use and enjoyment.
The aim of the Roundwood NeighbourWood Project is to enhance the variety of walks within this woodland for all users and to provide greater linkages between the village of Roundwood and the network of walking trails that surround the Vartry Reservoirs.
The new community woodland will be located just outside the village.
Andrew Doyle, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, with responsibility for Forestry, chose the Roundwood site as the location for the launch of a new updated NeighbourWood Scheme Brochure.
He singled out Roundwood and District Community Council for praise for enhancing and developing an area of woodland.
He said: ‘Since 2015 they have worked to restore over 10km of the trails around the Vartry Reservoirs, many of which were overgrown and in need of maintenance. This restoration is a great achievement for this volunteer organisation.’
The scheme is designed to help community groups, in cooperation with local authorities, to develop opportunities for recreation while creating and developing woodlands for the benefit of current and future generations.
The Roundwood NeighbourWood Project itself will bring the existing woodland to a better standard for recreational use through surfacing trails, putting in place informative signage and carrying out maintenance programmes once dead trees and undergrowth have been cleared.
Minister of State Andrew Doyle and Cllr Shay Cullen at the NeighbourWood site.