A project designed to train wardens and manage the Burren Way trail in Ireland has won the Greenlife Fund 2016.
Roland Monsegu from Greenlife Tours and Eoin Hogan, Clare Rural Recreation Officer
The Burren Way is a long distance walking trail from Lahinch and across the Burren, in County Clare, South West Ireland; also incorporating the Cliffs of Moher Coastal Path, the most visited hiking trail in Ireland, with half a million users on the trail in 2015.
The walking trail is managed by Burren Way Ltd in partnership with Clare Rural Recreation Officer, Eoin Hogan.
“The biggest challenge with managing a trail such as the Burren Way is finding out about the issues that might need addressing, such as broken stiles, missing arrows etc… The goal of our project is to set up a team of six trained trail wardens that can regularly patrol the trail and report back any issues so we can make sure the trail is maintained to the highest standards for all walkers to enjoy,” explains Hogan.
The annual Greenlife Fund has been set up by Dublin-based Greenlife Tours Ltd. (best known as CaminoWays.com and IrelandWays.com) to support inspirational projects that promote responsible travel practices, tackle environmental issues or address specific issues faced by communities and travellers on all Greenlife Tours trails: the Camino de Santiago, Via Francigena and Ireland, including the Wild Atlantic Way.
“We are very proud of our responsible travel policy and delighted to give back to the communities and destinations we work with,” says Roland Monsegu, owner and director of IrelandWays.com. “The Greenlife Fund has been able to support great projects in the past two years and the Burren Way trail warden project is another fantastic initiative.”
Previous projects have included I’ll Push You, the story of best friends Patrick and Justin who raised awareness about travel and disabilities completing the 800kms of the Camino Frances together; and A Greener Future run by two Canadian environmentalists who carried out a clean up along the Camino Portugues route and collected nearly 6000 pieces of litter.
For more details on outdoor recreation in County Clare see www.clare-getsidetracked.ie. Applications are also open for the Greenlife Fund 2017 at caminoways.com and irelandways.com.