News 2013

Helping the Hills
Title: Helping the Hills seminar
Date: 14/11/2013
System Date: 14/11/2013
Helping the Hills,, is an ongoing Mountaineering Ireland initiative. 

In September 2013 there was a site visit to the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales to learn from erosion control and recreation management experience in those areas. Learnings from the Helping the Hills study visit were shared with a wider audience through a one-day seminar on 14th November 2013.

Presentations were made by a number of those that had attended the site visits;
  • The environmental sensitivity of upland areas and how this is managed in the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales - Mike Maunsell, Mountain Research Ireland
  • Observations on balancing the protection of sensitive landscapes with recreation and access to state-owned lands – Cathryn Hannon, Department of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
  • Lessons from the study visit on the technicalities of erosion management on upland paths –– Jeremy Smith, Trails inspector, National Trails Office
  • The rationale and ethos which guides upland path work – Jack Bergin, Access & Conservation Committee member, Mountaineering Ireland
Keynote speaker Bob Aitken, past Project Manager, Scottish Mountain Footpaths Project who has more than 40 years experience of addressing erosion in the mountains gave his personal perspective, observations and suggestions on principles, priorities and structures for Helping the Hills and his comments on some of the current issues in Ireland's mountains.

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