Monday 25 March 2019

Improvement works at Ramsfort Woodlands make it more accessible

The newly tarred trail at Ramsfort Woodlands
The newly tarred trail at Ramsfort Woodlands

Esther Hayden

Accessibility works have been carried out at Ramsfort Woodland.

The trails at Ramsfort are quite unique in that they provide a woodland experience on the edge of the urban environment. They are accessible by footpath from most areas in Gorey and Gorey Municipal District Manager, Amanda Byrne, said it was a logical next step to upgrade the trail to improve the experience for those with mobility problems.

'The trail upgrade has provided for a bonded resin surface which is more suitable for wheelchair users and those with mobility issues.

'Further works that are ongoing include the provision of seats along the path and interactive games using the locally developed Wild Wander App. This aspect of the project is being developed by Gorey Men's Shed and local residents with the support of Wexford Local Development.

'The improvement works to the trail are supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Outdoor Rural Infrastructure Scheme and Wexford County Council.

Ms Byrne said that it was fitting that this project was undertaken in the Gorey 400 year 'as from the 1800s onwards the Ram family gave the people of Gorey access to the demesne land for walks and so we have taken a further important step in providing accessibility in 2019'.

A spokesperson for Gorey Tidy Towns said Gorey Municipal District had done a fantastic job improving accessibility at Ramsfort Woodland.

'The shorter loop walk through the wood has been fully tarred and is now a lovely smooth surface, not only for walkers and runners, but also for wheelchair users, baby buggies, etc.'

The popular local amenity is located at Creagh and can be accessed from the relief road that runs through Willow Park.

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