Since its inception in 2008, Burrenbeo Trust has achieved a phenomenal amount with very little resources but with a huge amount of community support.
We currently have over 25 programmes and feel we are making a real difference to our local heritage, economy and community. We would not have been able to do so without the help of our supporters, so we wish to say a big THANK YOU to all those that have enabled this to happen! Here is a synopsis of what we have achieved over the past 8 years.
Graduated over 1200 Young Burren Experts through the 10 week Ecobeo course on local Burren heritage.
Developed a new place based learning course for primary schools that is applicable to the 3 km around their homeplace no matter where that is.
Graduated over 120 Place Heroes from our 10 week Áitbheo place-based learning course for Transition Year students in local secondary schools
Burren Wild Child
Developed our Burren Wild Child summer tours, summer camps and school visits connecting over 1000 children to their local landscape through fun and interactive ways.
Learning Landscape Symposium
Coordinated an annual Learning Landscape Symposium focusing on connecting people to their places. Over 500 people have attended to date.
Delivered 5-day long summer courses for teachers and other heritage educators on using the local environment as a teaching resource. This has been complemented with podcasts and resource handbooks. Over 150 trainers have been involved in this to date.
Connecting Groups to the Burren
Provided orientation sessions for numerous visiting groups from universities, schools and adults at our Kinvara office, onsite in the Burren and at selected locations.
Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers
Coordinated and developed the growing body of 300 plus Burrenbeo Conservation Volunteers to carry out active conservation in a range of areas from scrub cutting to butterfly monitoring, litter picking to archaeology survey, and much more in between.
Monthly Burren Snapshot
Send a free monthly e-newsletter on the Burrenbeo Trust which is seen by over 2,500 people.
Monthly Heritage Walk
Coordinated a monthly heritage walk with a knowledgeable leader with over 5000 attendees to date.
Burren in Bloom Festival
Coordinated the annual Burren in Bloom festival in May with a range of walks and talks to celebrate the wide range of flora that blooms at this time of the year.
Developed successful field guides on the geology, archaeology, flora, fauna and habitats of the Burren.
Developed podcasts on the work of our Burrenbeo Trust Conservation Volunteers, the Ecobeo course, the Winterage Weekend and more.
Advocacy & Research
Burren Winterage Weekend
Developed and coordinate the Burren Winterage Weekend to highlight the important relationship between farming and biodiversity in the region, this includes the internationally attended Burren Winterage School
Young Burren Ambassador Bursary
Developed an annual bursary to encourage young adults to engage with their environment. This was set up in memory of Trust co-founder Ann O’Connor Dunford. Each year a walk on the 14th July is carried out to raise money for this bursary.
Burrenbeo have been promoting the Burren as a learning landscape to increase engagement for visiting and local communities to the region so that they are more likely to care for it into the future.
Burren Community Charter Project
Burrenbeo Trust are the lead partners and administrators of the Burren Community Charter Project that came together to create a voice for the Burren.
Each year the Burrenbeo Trust launches a photography competition around flowers and farming in the Burren to get people more engaged in the landscape.
Continue to promote the Burren in both regional and national media throughout the year so that it is at the forefront of peoples’ agendas.
Work closely with key local organisations such as the Burren LIFE Programme, the Burren Geopark, the Burren Irish Farmers Association, the Burren Change X Project, Burren Eco-Tourism Network and others to create more of a communal voice in the region.
- Has a policy of using local suppliers.
- Promotes local businesses through our website, our business network and whenever opportunities arise.
- Employs 3 permanent staff and subsidizes a PhD student.
- Holds a lease on an office in Kinvara.
Ocean Hero Awards 2016
Shortlisted for this award to communities that contribute to the conservation of the landscape. This is apart of the An Taisce’s Clean Coasts Symposium.
Social Entrepreneurs of Ireland 2015
Shortlisted out of 230 different organisations as part of the Social Entrepreneurs of Ireland Awards. We were the only environmental charity to be shortlisted.
European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage 2015
Received a Special Mention from the Jury for our Project ‘Burrenbeo Trust – Empowering Local Communities’.
Clean Coasts Awards 2014
Newcomer of the year award for our work on beach cleans.
Galway Mayor Awards 2013 & 2014
Received an award for our contribution to Heritage in Co. Galway.
Galway Heritage Awards 2012
Received the overall top award for heritage in Co. Galway competing against over 200 others.
HRH Prince Charles 2015
Alongside the Burren farming community coordinated the 1st trip of HRH Prince Charles to the Burren.
Annual Burren Galas 2012, 2013, 2014
Developed a Burren evening inviting local dignitaries to events in Dublin, Limerick and Galway in subsequent years.
Monthly e-Newsletter 2008-2017
Published over 100 free monthly e-newsletter which was seen by over 5,500 people each month.
Burren Insight 2009-2014
Produced 6 annual flagship magazines on research and stories from the Burren region.
Learning Landscape Feasibility Study 2014
Carried out in-depth research into developing the Burren as a place of inspiration from which people can learn.
Young Burren Leader 2014
Developed a scholarship so a young adult from the Burren region could attend the world’s largest conservation conference in Sydney and bring back ideas to Ireland. Through this the scholar, Cillian Fahy, developed a social media project with local schools, getting them outside called #BurrenInsideOut.
Culture Night 2012
Coordinated numerous different cultural events as part of the national culture night including performances form national artists. Total attendances to concerts was over 600 people.
Working for Wellbeing of People and Place 2016
Coordinated an event to celebrate the role conservation volunteering has in enhancing communities and environments throughout Ireland.