Balla Town Park

A couple of weeks ago we visited Balla Town Park. The park, managed by the local community, consists of a series of walks, we choose the fairy village trail.

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Fairy Village Trail

The town was left land by a local landlord.  In 2015, the community applied for a Neighbourwood scheme. An area of 35 acres of old estate wood was cleared of encroaching laurel and planted with 3000 young deciduous trees. These new trees, along with the existing old trees, now make a wonderful diverse woodland. The old trees include oak, beech and horse chestnut trees.

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Old oak trees with newly planted trees in foreground

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Mixed tree ages

Well laid paths, benches, picnic table, tree trail and interpretation boards all add to the visitors experience. The fairy village including some lovely sculptured way markers, are a great addition particularly for the younger visitors. They are a great incentive for encouraging young ones to go for walks and explore. It is hoped to install a bird hide in the near future. Birds boxes and bats boxes have been erected and there are plenty brash piles for wildlife too.

The Neighbourwood scheme is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine. It aims to encourage communities to  woodlands as a local community amenities.

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Balla Town Park

Balla Town Park is a wonderful example of what can be done to create a great resource of local people and visitors.

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19 thoughts on “Balla Town Park

      1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

        That is a shame – we don’t have many either but in places like this you can find some – I did hug one of the lovely oak trees.

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      2. Eliza Waters

        I would have done the same! There is one really old maple tree up the road that I call ‘Grandmother Tree.’ Her trunk is about 5′ thick. There was rumor that the town wanted to cut it down, because it was old and near the road, but so far that has not happened. Old does not equal infirm!

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  1. stephpep56

    Your post has warmed my heart. Always wonderful to see such projects taking shape. I love to walk in woods especially at this time of the year.(oh the colour of the beech leaves) and will also be spotted hugging a tree, absorbing its strength and stability. Love Steph x

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I am delighted to say that a few days ago the community won the Best Urban Neighbourhood/Village in the 300-100 population category in the National Pride of Place awards.

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