Greenday: Two popular Kilkenny trails get €400,000 funding boost
Two local Kilkenny outdooor have been awarded government funding of almost €400,000 under the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme.
The Moat Field Nature & Heritage Trail within Westcourt Demesne, Moat, Ballylarkin has been awarded €193,500, while the Woodstock Estate Trail Development in Inistioge has received €200,000.
The scheme provides funding for the development, promotion and maintenance of outdoor amenities such as trails, walkways, cycleways, and blueways.
The funding was welcomed by the Chairman of Kilkenny County Council, Andrew McGuinness. Cllr McGuinness said: “This is very positive news for Kilkenny as it will help to enhance two fantastic outdoor amenities, bringing both projects to a new level.
“We have all seen how important our outdoor amenities are during lockdowns. They are vital for our mental and physical well being and so this funding is, in my view, an important investment that we will all benefit from.
“When we eventually get out of this pandemic and begin to welcome tourists back into Kilkenny, these amenities will also be an attraction and will help generate revenue for local communities,” Cllr McGuinness added.
The funding at Ballylarkin near Callan, will be used to complete the second and final phase of the Moat Field Nature & Heritage Trail encompassing an area of 7.6 hectare on the banks of the King’s River.
The €200,000 earmarked for Woodstock House and Gardens will be used to upgrade 2.7km of the original Victorian Estate paths linking Woodstock House to Brownsford Stream Waterfall.