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The Green Kilometre Scheme is a revision of the Adopt a Road Scheme, which was adopted by the Council in 2004. The scheme has been modified to incorporate biodiversity and heritage enhancement and restoration.

The scheme will run alongside Cavan County Council's annual Spring Clean Programme, supported by An Taisce, and allows individuals/groups to choose a stretch of road in their area approximately one kilometre in length – preferably a quiet, local road in terms of safety – which they then commit to maintaining over the course of the year.

Incentives such as litter pickers, bags and gloves are on offer for all participating individuals or groups and a limited supply of native trees will also be available during National Tree Week in March every year, which can be planted back into the hedgerow (with landowners’ permission).

The following are examples of the work/activities that can be included:

  • Removal of roadside litter.
  • Planting appropriate native trees.
  • Restoring heritage features such as old farm gates or walls (permission from landowners should be obtained first and protected structures should only be maintained following professional advice).
  • Report illegal dumping.
  • Improving hedges (sections of traditional hedge laying would be very welcome).  Please note that hedge cutting is banned from March 1st to September 1st.
  • Cleaning and maintaining signs.

The Green Kilometre Scheme is an important objective of the Council’s Litter Management Plan 2021 – 2024 and will be an integral part of our Environmental Awareness Programme over the three-year period.  This scheme also supports national campaigns such as National Spring Clean, National Tree Week and Anti-Dumping Initiatives.

The Green Kilometre Scheme also supports the actions of the Council’s Climate Change Adaption Strategy by encouraging the planting of native trees to clean our air and provide shelter and food for a myriad of birds, insects, and wildlife.

The Green Kilometre Scheme will engage with the community and will provide them with the tools and momentum to keep our roads clear of litter.

How to participate

Applications can be submitted at any time of the year.

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Caption: Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council, Cllr Clifford Kelly, pictured with his fellow councillors, management of Cavan County Council, and environment staff as he launches the new ‘Green Kilometre’ initiative ahead of the November council meeting at Hotel Kilmore on Monday, 8 November 2021. PHOTO: Adrian Donohoe.

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