Drummin Bog is the last remaining example of a raised bog in the South East of Ireland and is a site of considerable significance. The Bog is currently in a degraded state both from extensive drainage and peat cutting (by hand). Clearance of encroaching trees and exotic invasive alien scrub was undertaken in 2016 under a Heritage Council grant as a first step in the restoration of the Bog.
The chief objectives of Drummin Bog Project are:
- To restore the peatland site to an active peat-forming bog
- To develop the bog and adjacent woodland as an amenity and educational resource
Funding is currently being sought to commission a suite of baseline scientific surveys and maps of the bog which will better inform and plan the future restoration of the site to active peat-forming capacity. This baseline data will initially include topographical, hydrogeological, geological and ecological. This will assist in monitoring the success of restoration measures undertaken.
Artistic strategies will also be employed alongside science activities to engage the hearts and minds of the local community to celebrate this unique natural heritage feature of South Carlow. Recording local cultural and folk histories of people who have long interacted with bog will be important. Artistic strategies to highlight the beauty and understanding of this unique natural heritage area are also planned to engage both the local community and visitors.
Overall, these science and art activities will develop the overall site at Drummin bog as a important South Carlow conservation, educational and amenity area for the local community and beyond.