Woodford Parish Development

Woodford Parish Development Committee reformed in 2015 and held a public meeting to gather input from the community on a strategic plan. This five year plan is a continuation of the work carried out under the 2015-2020 strategic plan to rejuvenate and revive the area. Under-served by state agencies and government support the group tasked themselves with supporting local businesses and organisations to regenerate our community. Activities focused on projects that benefited both residents and visitors to the area helping to create positive social and economic impact.

In 2018 Woodford village won the Tidy Towns Best Endeavour Award for County Galway and were also the recipients of the County Galway Cleaner Community Award 2018.

Each year the Tidy Towns group have improved on their overall score and importantly have worked with the community to create a better place to Live, Work, Play.

In 2022 Woodford won the Cathaoirleach Pride of Place Award for County Galway and were then nominated by Galway County Council for the National award. Judging will take place during the Summer of 2022.

Our work is voluntary with a high level of participation across the parish.

Email: Woodfordparishdevelopment@gmail.com

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Ongoing activities to enter Woodford into the annual Supervalu Tidy Towns competition administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development. The competition is judged under various headings:

Community Planning and Involvement; Streetscape and Public areas; Green Spaces and Landscaping; Nature and Biodiversity; Sustainability; Tidiness and Litter Control; Residential Streets and Housing; Approach Roads, Streets and Lanes.

Tidy Towns Committee

Ongoing activities to enter Woodford into the annual Supervalu Tidy Towns competition administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development. The competition is judged under various headings:

Community Planning and Involvement; Streetscape and Public areas; Green Spaces and Landscaping; Nature and Biodiversity; Sustainability; Tidiness and Litter Control; Residential Streets and Housing; Approach Roads, Streets and Lanes.

Outdoor Recreation and Infrastructure Scheme, Derrygill Forest in partnership with Coillte

Having secured funding from the Department of Rural and Community Development and with the support of Galway County Council, we are working with Coillte to develop 3km of accessible looped trail in Derrygill Millennium Forest. This project honours both our cultural heritage as one of the last remaining original oak forests of Ireland; promotes health; promotes equality and access and protects our natural biodiversity. We are part of our environment and live in harmony with the other elements.

Town and Village Scheme, Project Development

In 2022 WPD were approved for a Project Development Planning through the Town and Village Scheme from the Department of Rural and Community Development via Galway County Council. Working in partnership with Galway County Council the village can develop a longer term development strategy to improve amenities and continue to develop to meet community needs. This will be a consultative process.

Woodford Biodiversity Plan

In 2020 and inspite of pandemic restrictions, a group of volunteers came together to develop a Biodiversity Plan for projects in the Woodford Parish Area. With the support of SECAD and the Hen Harrier Project the first of these projects will be realised in 2022.