Newry Mourne and Down District Council through the Ring of Gullion Partnership have commissioned Outdoor Recreation NI to develop an Outdoor Recreation Action Plan for South Armagh. In order to develop the Action Plan, Outdoor Recreation NI is holding a public consultation in Mullaghbane Community Centre on 11th April at 7pm.
It is well known that attractive, safe and accessible outdoor spaces such as forests, rivers, and the uplands, deliver a wide range of social, economic and environmental benefits in addition to improving the health and well-being of those participating in outdoor recreation activities.
The Action Plan will make recommendations for the sustainable development, management and promotion of future outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities within the Ring of Gullion AONB and South Armagh region, accommodating both the needs of the local community and those visiting the area whilst reflecting the corporate priorities of the council.
All members of the local community and interested individuals are invited to attend the public consultation which will assist in gathering the views and opinions on the current outdoor recreation facilities and service provision in the area as well as opportunities for development.
Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council explains, “The Council have just launched their Tourism Strategy for the next five years with a vision to make Newry Mourne and Down a premier, year-round mountain and maritime destination in Ireland recognised for its EPIC experiences in outdoor adventure….”
“The work that the Ring of Gullion and Outdoor Recreation NI are doing in South Armagh now will help the Outdoor Recreation sector to grow and develop to make the most of this vision. I would encourage anyone in this sector to attend the meeting on the 11th April.”