‘Community trails’ connect local people from their doorstep to their local outdoor, green spaces and to neighbouring villages/communities.
Outdoor Recreation NI were commissioned by Newry, Mourne & Down District Council to map the current system of community trails in each DEA and identify potential trails for development aligning to local need and demand.
In the Slieve Gullion DEA, they:
- Undertook extensive desktop research to identify current provision
- Actively engaged and consulted with a range of stakeholders including Access Officers, DEA’s Forums, local community groups, user groups and clubs
- Organised and hosted a public drop-in session in Mullaghbawn.
- Undertook detailed GIS mapping to spatially illustrate the current and potential future provision of community trails.
For the results of this research, Outdoor Recreation NI have carried out:-
- An evaluation of all routes (both current and future) to identify those which meet the standard for community trails
- Identification of gaps and issues/constraints to development.
This has led to Carrive Forest/Glendesha/ Slievebrack being identified as a new opportunity for development. The project would look at how the Forest could provide better links for both Forkhill and Mullaghbawn communities to green spaces.
Outdoor Recreation NI are inviting members of the public to a meeting to discuss suggested routes and explain next steps for progressing the study to Stage 2.
Contact Joe Joe Murray phone number 02890 303935 or email [email protected] to confirm you attendance.
The event is part of the Mourne Gullion Strangford proposed UNESCO Global Geopark activity Programme