News 2012

Title: Mountain Meitheal take 2nd place in European ECO Award
Date: 26/09/2012
Mountain Meitheal take 2nd place in European ECO Award

26 September 2012

Congratulations to Mountain Meitheal on being placed 2nd for the 2nd time in the European Ramblers Association's (ERA) annual ECO Awards.

The following press release is taken from the ERA website:

Improvements to the Wicklow Way

Mountain Meitheal is a group of volunteers with the aim of protecting forest and mountain areas in Ireland. The trails are built and maintained with sensitive efforts to the landscape, they perfectly fit in with the surrounding landscape. It promotes sustainable recovery with encouraging personal responsibility. "Meitheal" is the Irish word for a working group made ??up of volunteers whose project can be a benefit for a general public or a community.

Since 2005, Moutain Meithal has taken the work on the most popular long-distance trail in Ireland, the Wicklow Way. The 130 km long trail runs from Dublin through the Wicklow Mountains to Clonegal and was opened in 1981.

Between 2005 and 2006, a section which is called "Deerpark" was renewed. In 2006, the Mullacor refuge, in 2009, the Brusher’s Cap refuge and in 2011 Mucklagh refuge were set up at environmentally sensitive locations. Over a weekend in summer 2010 at the Flags pass was at a permanently wet and marshy site built a boardwalk of 120 meters. At Knockree is the path that runs here very steep and was eroded as a result of the intensive use by hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders; between November 2010 and September 2011 was repaired over a length of 460 m. Finally, in December 2011 was repaired the Glensoulan bridge, which was damaged by flooding. This bridge is of particular importance: the paths that lead through it is frequented very well because of its proximity to Dublin. Overall, in 48 days were 279 volunteers during 3,485 hours at work.

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