The "Living Bog" has been nominated in the community category in the European Commission’s Natura 2000 Awards.

“I am delighted that the work of the Living Bog with local communities has been recognised with its nomination for a Natura 2000 Award,” Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan said.

“This project aims to restore raised bog across 12 raised bog Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) across seven counties."

Community involvement

“Encouraging local community involvement is a significant element of the project. I wish to congratulate the project team on its outstanding efforts to promote awareness of peatland restoration in the local and wider community.”

Some 200km of drains were blocked as part of the project to help restore the bogs to a state of natural habitat.

Voting links are live at from June 2, which coincides with World Peatlands Day.

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