International Bog Day - Celebration of 30 Year Jubilee of the Dutch Foundation for Conservation of Irish Bogs

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On the 28 July the Irish Peatland Conservation Council celebrated International Bog Day at the Bog of Allen Centre in Kildare with a celebration of the 30 Year Jubilee of the Dutch Foundation for Conservation of Irish Bogs which was founded in 1983 under the Chairmanship of Drs Matthijs Schouten. 

Matthijs Schouten gave a very entertaining presentation on the fundraising and bog awareness raising work of the Dutch Foundation from 1983 to 1993, which culminated in the purchase of 4 Irish bogs which the Dutch people donated to the Irish people in the mid 1980's. 

This was followed by a presentation by Jim Ryan, Senior Scientist at the National Parks and Wildlife Service who took up the story in 1993 and brought us forward to 2013 with a detailed account of the current work being undertaken in the developement of the National Raised Bog Conservation Plan. 

Of course no birthday celebration would be complete without a gift to remember it by, and the Dutch Foundation once again showed its support for Irish bog conservation work being undertaken by the IPCC, with the presentation of a 30,000 Euro gift to support their peatland conservation work here in Ireland. Dr Catherine O Connell indicated that these funds were especially welcome at the moment as the Council had just signed contracts to purchase Girley Bog in County Meath for conservation.  


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Members of the Dutch Foundation and staff at IPCC with the cheque for 30,000 Euro to help bog conservation projects in Ireland. 

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The Dutch Foundation also presented Jim Ryan with a special award for his contribution to raised bog conservation in Ireland. 

For further information on the Dutch Foundation for Conservation of Irish Bogs check out www.ipcc.ie

© Peter Foss 2012