As part of our annual Greenlife Fund the IrelandWays.com team is delighted to be supporting the Burren Way Volunteer Warden Project, launched this week in County Clare, Ireland and aiming to protect and maintain this fantastic hiking trail for tourists and locals.
Clare Get Sidetracked in partnership with the Burren Way walking trail launched the Volunteer Trail Warden program in Lough Avalla Farm Loop, presenting a team of five rangers. The team of newly selected rangers will patrol their section of the trail on a monthly basis reporting back any issues they find along the Burren Way to Clare Rural Recreation Officer, Eoin Hogan.
The team of volunteer wardens is made up of walking guides and landowners who have been kitted out with waterproof jackets, rainproof clipboards and personalised inspection sheets to allow them to record their monthly inspections of different aspects of the Burren Way. Trail wardens include Pat Sweeney, Eileen Jeuken, Mary Howard, Sarah Clancy, as well as Eoin Hogan (pictured).
The Burren Way is a 114km long distance walking trail around the Burren in North West Clare. The walk starts in Lahinch, and takes hikers across the beautiful Burren landscape. The route also incorporates the Cliffs of Moher coastal trail, one of the most visited attractions in the country with over half a million users on the trail in 2015.
“We are delighted to support this great new program with the Greenlife Fund for 2016. The Burren Way is one of the most beautiful trails in Ireland. Having expert volunteers to help maintain the trail is a fantastic initiative,” says Roland Monsegu, director of Greenlife Tours Ltd.
Each year, the Greenlife Fund supports a project that encourages sustainable and responsible travel or is inspirational for travellers, related to one of the Greenlife Tours destinations: Camino de Santiago (CaminoWays.com), Via Francigena (FrancigenaWays.com) and Ireland.
Previous projects assisted through the Greenlife Fund included ‘A Greener Future’ run by two Canadian environmentalists who carried out a huge clean up effort on the Camino Portugues, collecting over 6,000 pieces of litter. The 2014 project was ‘I’ll Push You’, a story of best friends Patrick and Justin who raised awareness about travelling with a disability completing the 800kms of the Camino together.
If you would like to know more about the Burren Way Volunteer Trail Warden program or more details on the Greenlife Fund please contact [email protected]. The Greenlife Fund is open for 2017 applications.