We welcome the policies and objectives relating to open space and recreation and in keeping with our Brown to Green strategy Bord na Móna through its land holding in County Kilkenny has the potential to enhance tourism and community amenity initiatives by providing connectivity and access to a rehabilitated landscape. This is addressed later in our submission in the section entitled ‘Heritage and Culture’
Now as we transition away from peat extraction further significant opportunities to enhance expand and develop an integrated network of greenways across our peatlands will emerge. In some cases, future company commercial and renewable opportunities will first need to be considered but the potential exists to provide links with the broader network across the county. Our experience to date demonstrates how both Greenway Infrastructure (amenity) and renewable opportunities can co-exist successfully, for example our Mountlucas facility in Co. Offaly where an 84MW Wind Farm project co-exists alongside rehabilitated cutaway and 10km of walking/running/cycling tracks for people living in the local communities.