Mid-Project Report Connecting Communities with Peatlands

This document is an overview of the work completed to date of the Connecting Communities with Peatlands project.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the communities, individuals and stakeholders who have made this project the success that it is. Without your participation and feedback we would not be able to report such positive results.

We hope to continue to bring the best of training, learning and support to peatland communities  across the Midlands for the duration of the project.

The report is available to download. 

National Parks and Wildlife Service Protected Raised Bog Restoration Incentive Scheme (PRBRIS) now open for applications

The Protected Raised Bog Restoration Incentive Scheme (PRBRIS) is a once off area based compensation and land purchase scheme. The scheme is open to applications from eligible property right holders who wish to have their lands included as part of the restoration scheme or where access is required for restoration works within raised bog SACs/NHAs.

This scheme, which was successfully piloted under the LIFE Raised Bog Restoration Project LIFE14_NAT_IE_000032 (The Living Bog), is open to eligible freehold, fee simple and turbary right holders of bogs who agree to accommodate the restoration measures on raised bog Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) as part of the national programme.

Once eligibility is established the scheme can compensate freehold title holders, fee simple and turbary right holders whose lands are within or on the fringes of these selected areas.

Click on the More information button on the left for further information and applications. 

Connecting Communities with Mentors – a pilot mentoring programme for peatland communities

There are six places available on our pilot mentoring programme for community groups in the Just Transition region.  Connecting Communities with Peatlands encourages peer-peer learning and is examining ways to formalise it through a mentoring programme.

Community groups will be matched with an experienced mentor who will advise and support the group to achieve a goal or implement a project idea.

To apply, you need to:

  • complete the application form in full
  • be based in one of the following county areas (Kildare, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Longford, Roscommon, East Galway, North Tipperary)
  • have an idea or a goal that you are working towards or want to achieve in the coming months
  • be committed to the mentoring processes

Email [email protected] for an application form.