The Burrenbeo Trust is a charity that was founded in 2008. It was set up to create greater appreciation for the Burren landscape. Through need and demand it has evolved to widen that remit to landscapes beyond the Burren.
Burrenbeo Teoranta, the non-profit precursor to the Burrenbeo Trust, was set up by Brendan Dunford and Ann O’Connor in 2001, initially as a website to help inform people about the living Burren and the role of the local community, particularly farmers, in its care. In 2003 the Ecobeo initiative was introduced to Burren schools by Burrenbeo, aimed at investing in the upskilling of the future guardians of the Burren. Further developments followed, including monthly walks, monthly newsletters and even a conservation café – Cafébeo, until it was decided to reconstitute Burrenbeo as a membership-based charitable trust in 2008. This signalled the significant expansion of Burrenbeo’s work programme to its current total of 46 different programmes, all based around a model of community-led conservation. Whilst Brendan is still actively involved in the charity on a voluntary basis, Ann sadly passed away in 2015, though her legacy to the Burren continues. Today Burrenbeo Trust is a thriving, inclusive organisation dedicated to shaping a brighter future for the Burren, its communities and all those who love this special place.
Burrenbeo Trust is a landscape charity dedicated to connecting all of us to our places and our role in caring for them.
A place which is valued for its natural, built and cultural heritage; whose conservation is innovative and sustainable, and can be used as a model elsewhere to help other communities realise the potential of their heritage.
People who have the opportunity to know, experience and share their heritage.
Communities which can thrive through working sustainably with the landscape.
- To continue to develop as an inclusive, independent and transparent charity working towards the sustainable future of the Burren.
- To engage with local communities to generate a sense of informed pride in heritage and landscape through community stewardship, place-based and community-based learning.
- To promote sustainable communities through the concept of the Burren as a learning landscape.
- To develop models of best practice for community stewardship, place-based and community-based learning as a means of sustainable conservation.
- To disseminate knowledge, develop resources and continue to learn and grow as an organisation through the shared knowledge of others regionally, nationally and internationally.
Through these avenues