In 2020, Galway Rural Development (GRD) contracted the Burrenbeo Trust to facilitate Community Biodiversity Training for 6 communities in east and south Co. Galway. We adapted a community-led approach to the training so that communities could work together to create a biodiversity plan that was based on the principles and priorities of the people who lived locally. Up to eight participants from each community attended a place-based Biodiversity
Training course, which included 10 hours of initial activity-based learning covering all aspects of heritage but focusing on Biodiversity. This culminated in each community creating a Biodiversity plan. Workshops on various topics were provided to the communities in order to give them the skills necessary to put their plans into action. Creating their own plan gives each community a strong sense of ownership and agency. Each of the six plans is unique and reflects the interests, skills and needs of the local community.
If you would like further information on Burrenbeo’s place-based learning programme for adults, please visit our Áitbheo Community page or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.