Deering Announces €125k NeighbourWood Scheme for Oak Park.

3rd October, 2012


Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, has announced that €125k will be spent in Oak Park over the coming months in a new initiative called NeighbourWood Scheme.

The NeighbourWood Scheme funds the development of attractive close-to-home woodland amenities for local people, designed and managed through partnerships involving local communities and local authorities. The scheme is funded by the Department of Agriculture and administered through the local authority.

The work to be done in Oak Park is in two elements. There will be a new playground for people with Special Needs, this is being done in conjunction with the Delta Centre, and a forestry renewal and care element, where pruning etc. of trees close to the walk ways will be carried out.

“I’m delighted to make this announcement on behalf of the Government at this time, for the further development of this great amenity on the outskirts of Carlow town. This was made possible by the generousity of Teagasc who have agreed to a 125 year lease of the facility to Carlow County Council, as ownership or long lease was a strict requirement to secure funding. This is a significant investment, in fact it is the biggest grant nationally, for the smallest county.”

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of all concerned in bringing this to approval stage, Carlow Sports Partnership, Bernie O’Brien and Martha Jane Duggan, Billy Gaughan, Oak Park supervisor, Carlow County Council, Director of Services Seamus O’Connor and his team, Eileen Brophy from the Delta Centre, and again Teagasc for making the park available.”

“This is good news for Carlow, this is a wonderful facility on our door step and we are very lucky to have such an amenity that will not only be enjoyed by the people of Carlow but by people right across the southeast which in itself will benefit Carlow. ”