We are happy to report a win. The main entrance to the lovely oak wood at Brackloon – 7 kms along the Leenane Road from Westport, Co. Mayo – had been illegally blocked by an adjoining property owner. Boards had been nailed across the gates and the an outside wall (shown in Image) built.
The wood is written up on Google and gives a useful insight into its environmental significance.
It has taken the two and a half years since late Summer of 2016 to get this far, but the desired result has at last (April 2019) been achieved. The main frustration has been in trying to animate the bodies who share responsibility to defend public access – Mayo County Council and Coillte.
Before : Main entrance to Brackloon Wood, illegally blocked by Concrete wall and gates chained.
After : Walls removed, at last, by Coillte and entrance re-opened on foot of an order of the circuit court.