Girley Bog is the latest site the Trust has acquired.
Acquired in late 2013, the Native Woodland Trust acquisition of part of Girley bog comprises the last piece of the jigsaw which completes the preservation of Girley Bog; in association with the Irish Peatlands Conservation Council (IPCC) and National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), we have assisted in securing the entirety of the bog to guarantee its preservation and restoration.
Situated south of Kells in Co. Meath, Girley Bog covers over 250 acres and as one of the finest bogs surviving in the East of Ireland, was designated a Natural Heritage Area. Despite this designation, damage continued to occur in limited areas causing some areas of the bog to dry out and shrink.
Combining their efforts and resources, the NWT & IPCC managed to persuade the last peat contractor to sell up and leave the bog. The result is that this last piece of the puzzle now belongs to these two organisations.
This purchase also secures the right of way for a Loop Walk, which has been used by local communities and visitors for years.
As part of the work of the preservation of the bog, ditches dug to drain the bog are being blocked with straw bales, to raise the water table level , and planting of trees has begun on the areas of the site which are suitable for this regeneration.
For a location map of Girly Bog, please click here.