System Date: 26/11/2014
Volunteers sought to look after trails in the Dublin Mountains
This could be the answer to your new year’s resolution dilemma. The Dublin Mountains Partnership (DMP) is extending its volunteer programme by establishing a new Adopt-A-Trail programme. Trail maintenance plays a very important part in the management and the improvement of outdoor recreation in the Dublin Mountains. The DMP has a very successful Volunteer Ranger Programme and has also worked with Mountain Meitheal on larger scale trail improvement projects.
A small group of two to three people can now apply to adopt trail sections varying in length from 0.5km to 2.5km. The volunteers are asked to visit the trail four times per year to carry out maintenance work that includes cutting back overgrown vegetation, cleaning waterbars, and checking and maintaining way-marking and signage. The aim is to keep your section of trail in the best possible condition for hiker use and trail longevity.
No previous experience is required; only an interest and ability to look after the trail. Training and any necessary tools will be provided. This is an interesting opportunity to give something back to the outdoors that you love. You will get to work with friends in a beautiful setting and have the satisfaction of seeing the difference your work makes. And you will have the thanks of the DMP and those who use your trail.
The closing date for applications is Friday 19th December 2014. For more information, including a list of adoptable trails, go to www.dublinmountains.ie.
Photo: DMP volunteer rangers Denis Reidy and Tom Quinn working on the Dublin Mountains Way, photo Karen Woods.