Speaking at the June meeting of South Tipperary IFA meeting, Rural Recreation Officer Con Ryan of South Tipperary Development Company gave a detailed overview of the walkways scheme.
Tipperary is a leading county in creating walkways with a considerable amount of linear and looped walks available to the public with the goodwill and participation of over a hundred farmers in the county said Con Ryan.
Walking is becoming a popular leisure and recreational activity amongst locals and visitors to our county from abroad. A recent study shows that for every one euro that the government spends on walkways there is the potentials to save three euros on health care in the long term the meeting was told.
Once a walk becomes an official walk it is passed by the trails officer and it then becomes open to the public. All walks are closed for one day a year to meet contractual arrangements. By having a walk way scheme – walks are regulated and properly visited. Gants from leader are available for styles, fencing, and pedestrian bridges etc.,
Con acknowledged IFA for their work is securing funding for walkway schemes. The Upperchurch farmer encouraged farmers to investigate the possibilities of establishing a walk in their locality as they can provide a valuable source of income and help maintain employment in rural localities.
Many questions were later from the floor regarding rights of way, access and insurance.
The Co. Chairman George Mason thanked all for attending the meting and urged all farm families to make farm safety a priority on their farms particularly over the summer months.