There is no children’s playground in Riverstick.
That’s why locals are calling on Cork people to join them for a stroll through their local woodland as they campaign against its sale.
The ‘Save Ballymartle Woods’ campaign are hosting a ‘Ramble in the Woods’ on this Sunday, April 10th at 3pm.
“This family-friendly event is an opportunity for like-minded people and the community at large to come together in support of saving 22 acres (20%) of pristine woodland at Ballymartle, Riverstick from private sale.” a spokesperson told Yay Cork.
The event will showcase the woods, walkway, rich biodiversity and what is at stake for the community.
A local group of volunteers, formed in November 2021, achieved a win when the sale was paused following consultation with Coillte in January 2022. However, the sale process itself remains undisclosed, which has led to concerns locally regarding environmental protection, biodiversity, and the conservation of this vital local amenity.
“The wood has been a lifeline for the people of Riverstick and neighbouring villages and towns – including many visitors from across Cork County throughout the pandemic.” the group said in a statement.
“Riverstick itself has no other public recreational amenity, apart from the GAA pitch. There is no children’s playground, park, nor any public walkways and the woods have provided a much-needed space for children to play in, and for walkers of all ages to exercise and enjoy nature and the mental and physical well-being that brings.”
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Want to support the campaign? Prizes will be awarded for the best-decorated stone with a message or image to ‘Save Ballymartle Wood’ on the day so round up the kids and get crafty before Sunday.