No mountain too high for Google employees!

10 June 2009

This week a team of 32 volunteers from Google took part in a two day project in the Dublin Mountains.  The team were led by the Recreation Manager of the Dublin Mountains Partnership and the Coillte Recreation team as they helped to upgrade two walking trails in Barnaslingan Forest near Kilternan. 


“Google employees regularly join together to participate in community projects addressing local needs and this year the Google Serve team decided to help the Dublin Mountains Partnership,” said Siobhán O’Connor, Google Serve team coordinator.  “This is a great chance for the team to enjoy the great outdoors and the work completed will ensure that future visitors to the area can enjoy these fantastic walks without harming the natural habitats and surroundings.”


Karen Woods, Recreation Manager of the Dublin Mountains Partnership said:  “The contribution from volunteers like Google employees, Mountain Meitheal or the DMP Volunteer Ranger Service helps the Dublin Mountains Partnership upgrade many more kilometres of trail, and improves the recreation experience for many visitors and the local community”.


Barnaslingan is a beautiful mixed broadleaf and conifer woodland on the edge of the Scalp rockface, less than thirty minutes from Dublin city centre.  There is a beautiful network of trails through the forest, some of which offer fantastic views south to the Sugar Loaf and beyond. 


The new Dublin Mountains Way, (section one will be opened on June 19th) stretching from Shankill in the east and to Tallaght in the west, passes through this property and needs some upgrading and maintenance work.  The Google Serve team helped install new waymarker posts and a trailhead sign which have been funded by Google, they also cut back vegetation and upgraded the trail surface. 

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