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Connick opens "Growing Woodlands-Enhancing Our Lives" Series of Events in Lough Key Forest Park

Seán Connick TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with responsibility for forestry, today officially launched the "Growing Woodlands-Enhancing our Lives" series of events taking place in Co. Roscommon until 16th October.  Speaking at the official opening at Lough Key Forest Park, Co. Roscommon, Minister of State Connick, welcomed the "Growing Woodlands-Enhancing our Lives" project, as "it is a collective effort by a number of organisations in the forestry, farming and the state sectors to arrange a series of events celebrating the multi-functional benefits that trees and woodlands bring to all of our lives".

Commenting on some of the events organised as part of the programme, the Minister of State thanked all of the participating organisations, saying "Their involvement is evidence of a strong unity of purpose - to highlight the benefits of trees and woodland which enhance our lives". He also commented "The forthcoming series of events should have something to suit everyone and I would encourage as many people as possible to participate".

The Minister of State added that "The venue for the launch today, Lough Key Forest Park, is particularly appropriate.  The Park and the facilities here have been developed in recent years by Moylurg Rockingham Limited, a joint venture between Coillte and Roscommon County Council" and expressed his thanks to both organisations for generously agreeing to host the opening as it highlighted the recreational benefits of forestry.  Following the launch, the attendance was invited to avail of the facilities available in Lough Key Forest Park, including the many forest trails.

Date Released: 03 October 2010