**Information sessions 14th -21st January in Scarriff, Kilrush, Ennis and Lisdoonvarna**
2019 brings an exciting new development in the Áitbheo (‘Living Place’) work of the Burrenbeo Trust. The Áitbheo Community Programme will provide a unique opportunity for community groups to take part in place-based learning. We’re continuing to build on the pioneering work of the Trust’s co-founders, Brendan Dunford and Ann O’Connor, who took action, almost twenty years ago, when they saw the need to raise public awareness and foster local pride of place about the Burren as a living landscape. Over the past ten years the Burrenbeo Trust developed Áitbheo, an activity-based programme, implemented mainly in school settings, to support children to learn about their local places and to take action to conserve their local heritage. Now we are extending the reach of our Áitbheo place-based learning programme out from the school into the broader community! This means that at last other community groups will have the chance to get involved in some of this place-based learning craic the children have been enjoying, including your own action projects! The first roll-out of the Áitbheo Community Programme has been made possible by Clare Local Development Company (CLDC), who have selected the Burrenbeo Trust to facilitate an innovative Biodiversity Training project with fifteen communities in Co. Clare, using the Áitbheo place-based learning approach. Information sessions on the Clare Biodiversity Training project, which is funded by LEADER, are being held from 14th to 21st January in Scarriff, Kilrush, Ennis and Lisdoonvarna – details in the CLDC advertisement here and CLDC press release here. A copy of the Training Application Form is available here. Come along, bring a friend, meet like-minded people from your community and nearby areas… and find out more about what you can do for your place!