28 Feb 2012
TRAIL GUIDE MUST BE PART OF THE NATIONAL RECREATION STRATEGY TO INCLUDE THE WALKS SCHEMEUncategorized
IFA Hill Committee Chairman Tom Fadian has welcomed the publication of the National Trails Strategy, which he said should now be seized upon by the Government to create additional walks through the Walks Scheme.
Speaking in Dublin at the launch of the new guide to ‘Planning and Development of Recreational Trails in Ireland’, which IFA has endorsed, Mr. Fadian said that already 40 walks have been created under the Walks Scheme which adds greatly to the tourist product in many regions. “All of the walks are managed to the highest standard and the new trail and development guide will greatly assist these walks.”
The IFA Hill Chairman said that 2,000 farmers are currently in the Walks Scheme and are undertaking essential maintenance work to ensure the standard of walks are upheld.
Mr. Fadian said that the recent statement by Comhairle na Tuaithe that those engaged in recreational countryside activities should not bring dogs onto farmland is welcome. He expressed concern that there are still people who are recreational users who insist on bringing dogs onto trails. “Dogs are a danger to sheep and people must not bring them onto farmland,” he concluded.