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An Taisce launches innovative SECAD “Green your Community” programme

An Taisce launches innovative SECAD “Green your Community” programme

Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food launches SECAD’S Green Your Community Project

Green Your Community imageFriday: 24th February 2012:  An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland and South and East Cork Area Development (SECAD) today launched an innovative ‘Green Your Community’ training programme at The Radisson Blue Hotel in Little Island, Co. Cork.

The ‘SECAD Green Your Community’ training programme is aimed at empowering and supporting communities in the enhancement of their local environment.

Speaking at today’s launch at Little Island Mr. Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food said,

“This is a very important and worthwhile initiative for local communities who ensure that our natural environment is enhanced and protected for us all to enjoy. These training modules will enable local groups to enhance their knowledge and improve their skills while at the same time continuing to keep up the very important contribution they make to the environment locally. I am delighted to be at the launch of SECAD ‘Green Your Community’ today.”

Over 40 community groups were represented at today’s event which reflects the commitment and dedication of the people of South and East Cork to improving the communities in which they live. Through the ‘SECAD Green Your Community’ training programme, community groups can avail of training in several key areas such as biodiversity, invasive species, coastal protection, community gardening and social media. All training modules will be held in both Carrigaline and Midleton and will be open to all groups and individuals in the South and East Cork area. Each module has been designed to provide groups with the knowledge and skills to continue their outstanding work in greening their local communities.

This project has been made possible through the support of SECAD. Speaking at the event Ryan Howard CEO of SECAD said:

“SECAD is delighted to be in a position to continue to work with community groups through the Rural Development Programme – the Green Your Community training programme will offer communities an opportunity to work together to develop strategies which will enhance their communities and the way that they live.  We look forward to seeing this energy exhibited by community volunteers who attended today’s launch turned to action in the coming months.”

The “SECAD Green Your Community” website was also launched today. www.secadgreenyourcommunity.org will act as an online resource for those who participate in the training programme. It will also provide a platform from which community groups can highlight their activities.

The SECAD Green Your Community Training programme is funded by South and East Cork Area Development Ltd through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the National Development Plan.

For information on the SECAD Green Your Community programme and to register for the training programmes please visit the website at www.secadgreenyourcommunity.org.

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