Opening of Neighbourwood Scheme

The Neighbourwood Scheme has been re-opened today. Funding can be provided to Local Authorities and other groups to improve existing woodlands, to develop new woodland areas and to install suitable recreational facilities such as paths, signage and educational facilities. Ideally, sites proposed under the scheme should be located in or near a centre of population, including a village or town, with good linkage to other recreational and natural amenities. This will maximise the social, recreational and educational benefits of the neighbourwood as it develops as part of the local landscape.

The Scheme will open immediately with a limited timeframe for receipt of applications. Completed application forms under the Neighbourwood Scheme must be received in the Department’s offices at Johnstown Castle Estate, Wexford by 5.30 pm on Monday, 20th August 2012 to be eligible for consideration. All applications received within that timeframe will then be assessed against set criteria.

Forms available at; www.agriculture.gov.ie/forestservice