Date Posted: 25.03.2017
Dunmore East Woods receive Certification of Merit in Regognition of Excellence at the 2017 RDS Forest Service Community Woodlands Awards.
Above: Left to right - Andrew Doyle, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mary Torrie, Treasurer of the Dunmore Woodland Trust, Tommy Enright, Forestry Services Ltd.
The Dunmore East Woods are 13.5 ha of mixed old woodland which form a backdrop to the village of Dunmore East in Co. Waterford. Uniquely, this is a community owned woodland, granted by the 7th Marquis of Waterford in 1924 to the people of Dunmore East and the surrounding district for their recreational use. It is run by trustees from the local community who have the responsibility for the management and maintenance of the woodlands in perpetuity. The trust is a completely voluntary body and is continuously raising funds to cover insurance, maintenance of the woods and safeguarding its boundaries.
The woodlands have recently undergone extensive refurbishment in conjunction with Forestry Services Ltd, Kilkenny with funding from the Neighbourwood Scheme. Extensive works included major plantings, replacement of over mature trees, renewal of overgrown paths. Attractive and clearly set out information boards have been provided which give information on paths, fauna and flora. It is a valuable resource for the village and is extensively used by both the local community and visitors and is particularly popular for Sunday walks. It is also used by local schools for nature walks and heritage groups.
Above: Tommy Enright, Forestry Services Ltd., Mary Torrie, Treasurer of the Dunmore Woodland Trust.