New sensory trail will be first in Province

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Not too many Government Ministers can list riding a horse as one of their duties - but Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan threw caution to the wind and proved he’s a good old sport during a visit to the Riding for the Disabled Centre in Castleroe recently.

The local charity are celebrate getting £12,180 from the Department of the Environment’s Challenge Fund project.

The money will allow the Association to build an accessible sensory equestrian trail, the first trail of its kind in Northern Ireland.

The funding will help build a 5km riding trail, incorporating different surfaces and plants to help stimulate senses through touch and smell.

The project is one of more than 250 successful Challenge Fund Applications.

The Challenge Fund has been made possible by the five pence levy collected on carrier bags.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan is pictured at the Riding for the Disabled Association as they celebrate getting �12,180 from the Department of the Environment's Challenge Fund project.  The money will allow the Association to build an accessible sensory equestrian trail, the first trail of its kind in Northern Ireland.  It will help build a 5km riding trail, incorporating different surfaces and plants to help stimulate senses through touch and smell.  The project is one of more than 250 successful Challenge Fund Applications.  The Challenge Fund has been made possible by the five pence levy collected on carrier bags.  It provides vital funding for communities and organisations to develop a number of new and inspiring local environmental projects across Northern Ireland.''Pictured with the Minister Rex Humphrey, President and Director RDA Coleraine and District.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan is pictured at the Riding for the Disabled Association as they celebrate getting �12,180 from the Department of the Environment's Challenge Fund project. The money will allow the Association to build an accessible sensory equestrian trail, the first trail of its kind in Northern Ireland. It will help build a 5km riding trail, incorporating different surfaces and plants to help stimulate senses through touch and smell. The project is one of more than 250 successful Challenge Fund Applications. The Challenge Fund has been made possible by the five pence levy collected on carrier bags. It provides vital funding for communities and organisations to develop a number of new and inspiring local environmental projects across Northern Ireland.''Pictured with the Minister Rex Humphrey, President and Director RDA Coleraine and District.

It provides vital funding for communities and organisations to develop a number of new and inspiring local environmental projects across Northern Ireland.