Dodder Action group volunteer receives recognition award

by Gary Ibbotson
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Local woman Caragh Coote has recently been honoured for her conservation work with the Dodder Action group.

Coote was one of the recipients of this year’s Ballyroan District Community and Civic Engagement Awards which recognises people who volunteer in their local community.

Pearse Stokes of Cherryfield Dog Walkers says that Coote “works in the background and would probably prefer as little publicity as she can get away with.

“We now realise the fragility of the environment and our impact on it.

“We know that our children and grandchildren will inherit what we leave and will judge us on the way we treat the environment.

“Young people look to Greta Thunberg as an inspiration figure, one of theirs who is fighting for their future.

“We can look to Caragh Coote as an example of one of ours who works tirelessly to improve the environment throughout the area.

“Caragh has been involved in hands-on work against litter pollution, fearlessly confronting the mistakes of officials who destroy our trees, animals and delicate areas, and supporting change for the better.

“Caragh does what matters and doesn’t just talk about it.

“Caragh is an inspiration to us all, and we could do well to learn from her.”

In response to receiving the award, Coote said: “Thank you so much for this award. It is a huge honour and an acknowledgment of BDRA’s ongoing commitment to the environment.”

The Dodder Action group is a collective of volunteers who are committed to protecting the Dodder River and maximising its potential as an amenity.

The group organises clean-ups of the river and its banks, talks on the ecology and conservation of the river and has also published Down the Dodder in eBook format – a comprehensive guide to the Dodder River.

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