Walk in the woods to save our forests

This Sunday, June 9, there will be a ‘Walk in the Woods’ taking place in Jenkinstown Wood to protest the Government’s proposals to sell the harvesting rights of State forests.

This Sunday, June 9, there will be a ‘Walk in the Woods’ taking place in Jenkinstown Wood to protest the Government’s proposals to sell the harvesting rights of State forests.

It is part of a coordinated series of walks being held around the country. The Kilkenny walk has been organised by Mick Greene and Paul Brennan from the Future Proof Kilkenny group and will take place in Jenkinstown Wood from 12 until 2pm.

The Government are acting on the An Bord Snip Nua report that was co-written by Colm McCarthy and submitted to the IMF, which recommended the sale of the Irish State forestry harvesting rights for 85-100 years. Community activist Mick Greene is calling on people to make a stand on the issue.

The Kilkenny event will incorporate guided nature walks, face painting and art activities for the kids, live music and a ‘picnic in the park’.

“The sale of harvesting rights of our state forests simply doesn’t make ecomomic sense,” says Mr Greene.

“Our greatest fear with the proposed sale of the woodland is that public access to Irish forests will be restricted. These are critical public amenities used by countless dog-walkers, joggers, families and nature lovers. We are making a stand to say our forests are not for sale as they belong to the citizens of Ireland and our future generations”

“We need the cabinet to be aware of the public resistance to this proposal before they make any decision on it”.

To get involved or for further information, email info@futureproofkilkenny.org or contact Mick Greene on 085-1668149 / Paul Brennan on 087-7682912.