The Award Programme focuses on local causes who are tackling the climate crisis and promoting biodiversity. What makes this award even more special is that the winners were nominated by staff members of AXA itself.
Paula Farrell, IPCC’s Conservation and Education Officer says “The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) are delighted to be a recipient of the AXA Community Award Programme. Peatlands are incredibly important habitats offering us all many services including climate mitigation, flood protection, unique biodiversity, amenity, and food. Peat mining for horticulture and burning is resulting in the loss of peatland habitat and biodiversity. Through the Irish Peatland Conservation Council’s ‘Save the Bogs Campaign’ including peatland site restoration, management, education, research and species monitoring, not all is lost and a representative sample of peatland habitat and wildlife can be saved. Each community member can take action today by choosing peat free in their garden.”
“AXA is so pleased to be supporting local causes through our Community Grant Scheme. It is fantastic that we have been able to provide funding to so many deserving local causes such as the Irish Peatland Conservation Council. Their goal to help protect the peatlands of Ireland for people to enjoy today and in the future, is a truly worthwhile endeavour.”
Other local winners include:
- Refill Ireland – Rathfarnham Co. Dublin
- Flanagan’s Fields – Reuben Street Dublin 8
- Irish Peatland Conservation Council – Rathangan, Co. Kildare
- Irish Wildlife Trust – Cabra Road Dublin 7
The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) is a national charity with a mission to protect and conserve a representative portion of peatlands in Ireland for people today and future generations to enjoy. IPCC are located at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre in Lullymore, Co. Kildare. Our work includes managing six peatland reserves where we aim to protect the habitat for wildlife and if possible, restore their peat forming function, making submissions on planning applications, peatland education and raising awareness of the importance of peatlands in our communities.