Fund­ing boost for sen­sory gar­den project


Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By EIMEAR DODD

A WEST Wick­low project will re­ceive fund­ing un­der a scheme that sup­ports ru­ral in­fra­struc­ture.

The Knockanann­a Com­mu­nity Group has been al­lo­cated €34,000 to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of a sen­sory gar­den in the vil­lage.

It was an­nounced on Mon­day that the Knockanann­a gar­den had been se­lected as one of 25 projects na­tion­wide that will share fund­ing of over €714,000 for spe­cial­ist sen­sory gar­dens. This is the first time that fund­ing un­der the scheme has been al­lo­cated for sen­sory gar­dens un­der the Depart­ment of Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment’s 2019 CLÁR pro­gramme.

Funded by the Depart­ment of Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity Af­fairs, the CLAR pro­gramme sup­ports small in­fras­truc­tural projects in ru­ral ar­eas that have ex­pe­ri­enced high lev­els of pop­u­la­tion de­cline. Sen­sory gar­dens are de­signed to stim­u­late the senses and use flow­ers, plants and other ma­te­ri­als that en­gage one’s senses of sight, smell, touch, taste and sound.

‘I wel­come the pro­vi­sion of fund­ing for the Knockanann­a sen­sory gar­den. It will be of ben­e­fit to the com­mu­nity,’ said for­mer TD Billy Tim­mins.

Last month, a project to un­der­grade foot­paths in Knockanann­a re­ceived fund­ing of €50,000 from the CLAR pro­gramme.

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