One of the key findings of the Upland Path Audit 2015 was the need to develop a skilled workforce to carry out the necessary trail repair works ‘it is essential to develop a skilled workforce in conjunction with capital programmes, and to sustain this in the longer term through phasing into other areas’. With this in mind we applied for and received funding from Kerry County Council to carry out the National Trails Office Approved Trail Construction & Maintenance Training Course for three days on site at one of the access points to the Reeks at Breanlee.
The training was carried out by Uplands Ireland, an Outdoor Recreation Consultancy company based in Ireland, who specialise in this area. The training was open to all local landowners and interested people living in and around the Reeks.
All who participated in the training are to the commended highly, for giving their time freely to complete the course. The course was very basic and introductory in nature and covered a wide variety of trail repair techniques, both theory and practical. We plan to progress further with training of local people in order to establish a local skilled work force.