‘Derramore Wood Group reflects growing community demand’ – Murphy

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Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has welcomed the formation of a “Friends of Derramore Wood”, saying that it would encourage local communities, schools and other interested groups to use the wood as a source for education, recreation, health and well being. Speaking to Newry Times, Murphy said there was a growing community demand for recreation and education opportunities. He reiterated his belief that the “Friends of Derramore” will not only provide these but will help motivate, foster and maintain the public’s interest in the Wood in a respectful and appropriate manner. “I have met with both the steering Committee of the Group and National Trust Officers to discuss the way forward. I sensed a willingness from the National Trust to work in partnership to help achieve the aims and objectives of the Group whilst ensuring the ethos and strategy of the National Trust would not be compromised”. His colleague, Councillor Pat McGinn, echoed his Sinn Fein colleague’s sentiments. He stated, “Over the past few years I have met with the National Trust to discuss ways forward in helping open up the Woods and encourage further Community use. “Friends of Derramore” will help represent the needs of  the National Trust, the users of Derramore Woods and the local communities. I look forward to hearing their vision when it is rolled out by the Steering Group at their Public Meeting.”
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