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Friday 20 October 2017

Kellys open their land for walkers

Pat Mellon, rural recreation officer, chairman of Wicklow tourism and member of Wicklow Uplands Council, Gillian
Kelly, Cllr Gerry Walsh.
Pat Mellon, rural recreation officer, chairman of Wicklow tourism and member of Wicklow Uplands Council, Gillian Kelly, Cllr Gerry Walsh.

Kelly Environmental Services, Wicklow's leading drain and liquid waste specialists, who employ 23 people in their Wicklow-based drain and plumbing business, have opened a section of their land to allow walkers in the locality.

There is access from Farrenkelly Road to Drummin Lane.

Speaking at the announcement, Gillian Kelly, Managing Director of Kelly Environmental Services said: 'We were approached by the County Council, local councillors and the County Wicklow Partnership and asked to provide access across our lands.

'We are delighted to announce that we have opened the gates across our land, but are still concerned about the potential anti-social behaviour that used to take place along the track, especially at night time,' said Gillian.

''We want to make it safer for everyone who uses our land to access Drummin Lane. To this end we have also cut back a narrow strip of grass along the lane to enable people to walk on a short grass "path" rather than through nettle beds, while being ever considerate about the wildflower habitat either side of the cut area and along the lane.'

Councillor Gerry Walsh, executive on the Wicklow Tourism Board and Pat Mellon, Rural Recreation Officer, County Wicklow Partnership and Chairman of the Wicklow Tourism Board and Board Member of Wicklow Uplands Council, have been working with the Kellys on access across their lands.

The Kellys also plan on developing the wild native hedgerow that runs along the stream and have ensured that this habitat is not disturbed at this time.

They intend planting the wild hawthorn, cherry and hazel hedgerow later in the season with more native plants and hopefully develop a wildflower edge to the cut grass along the lane in due course, encouraging wildflowers, insects and wild birds.

'The remainder of the lane along the side of our home will be marked and we ask walkers to take care as they cross our property,' said Gillian.

'We would also ask that people walking with dogs to please keep their dogs on a lead as there is livestock loose in nearby fields. We had an incident last year Kelly Environmental Services is Ireland's leading drain and liquid waste company, operating with local offices nationwide, we are fully insured and have Waste Collection Permits for every county in Ireland

Kelly Environmental Services deals in overflowing septic tanks, biocycles or grease traps.

Their technicians are experienced in all aspects of drainage, liquid waste, healthy & safety, confined space, building regulations and repairs.

They provide a 24 hour emergency service for local authorities, nursing homes, treatment plants and households.

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