Leave No Trace Ireland Awarded 2023 Heritage Council Funding

Leave No Trace Ireland Awarded 2023 Heritage Council Capacity Funding 

25th May 2023:

Leave No Trace Ireland is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the Heritage Council Capacity Funding for 2023, marking the second consecutive year that the organisation has received this funding to further advance its Strategic Goals 2021-2024. This funding will support Leave No Trace’s efforts to promote environmental stewardship and responsible recreation across the island of Ireland through education, training, and environmental advocacy. 

The Heritage Council Capacity Fund for this year will strengthen Leave No Trace’s capacity to deliver the new Educational Framework developed in 2022 and support the work of Education Officer, Padraic Creedon.  

The Educational Framework is instrumental in advancing Leave No Trace Ireland’s strategic goals. Leave No Trace Ireland will deliver the new 5-day Leave No Trace Advanced Trainer course and lead the national Education and Research Group (ERG), ensuring successful delivery of the Education and Research workplan and Leave No Trace Strategy. Additionally, Mr Creedon will coordinate the National Training Network and administer training opportunities for Leave No Trace Accredited Trainers and Training Centres throughout Ireland and develop specialized training panels tailored to different programmes for Corporate and Communities groups. 

The funding will support the management of Leave No Trace’s corporate programmes, including projects, CSR impact days, and public awareness campaigns for providers. Furthermore, the funding will assist in the coordination of Further Education training courses with the MTU and the NPWS on the Certificate in Nature Animation, review and manage the Leave No Trace school’s programme, and oversee all governance related to the education and training programme. These efforts are part of Leave No Trace Ireland’s ongoing commitment to empower individuals and communities to protect and preserve the natural environment through responsible recreation and outdoor ethics. 

Maura Kiely, CEO of Leave No Trace Ireland, expressed her gratitude, stating “We are grateful to the Heritage Council for awarding Leave No Trace Ireland with vital capacity funding, which will allow us to make significant strides towards fulfilling our strategic objectives. This generous investment will enable us to continue the important work of our Education Officer, Padraic Creedon, and deepen our impact in fostering awareness and appreciation of our natural and cultural heritage and our island’s biodiversity.

“With this funding, Leave No Trace Ireland can continue to empower environmental stewardship and responsible recreation across the island of Ireland and promote the shared outdoor heritage through education, training, and environmental advocacy.” 


Media Contact: Grace Fox, Communication Officer, Leave No Trace Ireland – [email protected]  

Note To Editors:  

Leave No Trace Irelandis Ireland’s only outdoor ethics programme, which promotes the responsible use of the outdoors. Through education, research and partnerships, Leave No Trace Ireland enables and supports individuals, communities, organisations, and companies in reducing the environmental impact of outdoor activities.
Website: leavenotraceireland.org 

The Heritage Council is a public body whose mission is to develop a wide understanding of the vital contribution that our heritage makes to our social, environmental & economic well-being. The 2022 Heritage Capacity Fund aims to build the capacity of non-governmental organisations, with a demonstrated national relevance, working in the heritage sector by providing funding towards their core costs. 
Website: heritagecouncil.ie