Sunday 16 June 2019

Tourist attractions receive awards

David Looby

Two wonderful elements of the Tintern Abbey woodland site, the Walking Trails and Colclough Walled Garden were honoured at the recent RDS Spring Agriculture and Forestry Awards.

These national awards form part of the work of the RDS which has as its mission 'to see Ireland thrive culturally and economically … and share ideas, knowledge and new thinking for the benefit of Irish society.'

Participation in the awards programme was made possible when Coillte nominated both the Tintern Walking Trails and the Colclough Walled Garden for inclusion in the Forest and Woodlands Award category which are Ireland's National forestry awards.

The overall aim of this award category is to recognise and reward farmers and woodland owners who are employing the principles of Climate-Smart Agriculture on their properties including sound commercial management, environmental protection and encouragement of biodiversity.

The award winners were announced at a special function in the RDS Concert Hall and the prizes were presented by RDS President Ms Bernie Brennan and Minister Andrew Doyle, Minister of State for Food Forestry and Horticulture.

Tintern Walking Trails and Colclough Walled Garden were awarded second prize in the Community Woodlands category and received a cheque for €1,000 and a special Certificate of Merit.

Kate O'Brien of Tintern Trails said: 'The nomination by Coillte was an important recognition of the value of the work done, by both the Tintern Trails Development Committee and the staff of Colclough Walled Garden, to create environmentally sustainable recreational facilities for both the local community and visitors. Becoming prize winners means this work is now recognised and applauded at national level.'

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