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Burren Programme Opens - Conserving the Unique Heritage, Environment and Communities of the Burren

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, has today announced the opening of Tranche 2 of the Burren Programme for applications from interested farmers.

“The Burren Programme is a targeted scheme which builds on the success and experience of similar schemes such as Burren LIFE Project and the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme. Principles which have evolved out of those schemes are central to how the new measure goes about meeting its objectives of conserving the unique heritage, environment and communities of the Burren. This is another of a suite of measures designed to maintain the unique fabric of rural Ireland” said Minister Creed.

The Burren Programme is one of a suite of locally-led schemes being rolled out by the Department as part of its Rural Development Programme, targeted at farmers with SAC land and other species-rich grazed habitats in the Burren. It focuses specifically on the conservation of that unique farming landscape in counties Clare and Galway. Previous schemes targeting the Burren were piloted under the Burren LIFE Project (2005-2010) and the Burren Farming for Conservation Programme (2011-2015).

Over 200 farmers were accepted into the Scheme under the first tranche, a one-third increase in participants in the previous scheme and the overall objective is to increase this number progressively in successive tranches.  Contracts for all successful applicants will be for five years commencing on 1 January 2017.


The application form is available on the Department’s website at and the closing date for applications is 25th October 2016.

Further information on the Burren Programme can be obtained from:

Burren Life, Telephone 065-7089000, or Locally Led Scheme Section, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Telephone 076 1064454.

To view this Press Release as a PDF: DAFMPR 129/2016 (pdf 459Kb) 

Date Released: 07 October 2016