Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today visited two community groups in Fermanagh who have been allocated funding through DOE’s Challenge Fund.
The Minister has recently allocated funding to Lough Erne Wildfowlers Council and Devenish Partnership Forum and wants to see, at first hand, how the money will be spent.
Lough Erne Wildfowlers Council’s project will see a breeding wader project on Boa Island while the Devenish Partnership Forum in Enniskillen will create a wild flower area and expand an allotment site.
Commending the projects Mark H Durkan said: “It is tremendous to see people in Fermanagh coming together to produce innovative schemes to enhance their local environment. I commend the many volunteers for it. Recently I announced that 33 community groups across the North were successful in attaining Challenge Funding for their projects. Four groups in Fermanagh have been successful.
“When I launched the fund, a key requirement for me was that not only would the local environment improve, but that there had to be a tangible benefit for the local community. The Fermanagh groups are delivering that in spades. Land will bloom, people will blossom with new skills and waterways will improve.”
The Minister continued: “I have pledged that all money raised from our 5p levy on carrier bags would be ploughed back into the environment . The Challenge Fund is one way of doing that.”
The Challenge Fund is created via receipts from the levy on carrier bags.