The Northern Ireland Rural Development Council (RDC), based in Cookstown, has officially been serving the rural community through a range of projects and programmes designed to support the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of rural Northern Ireland for an incredible 25 years.
With a staggering 7,000 plus projects supported and over £100m in funding administered, RDC prides itself in working to secure ‘a living, working, sustainable and shared countryside’.
Established in 1991 as part of government the organisation now operates as an independent charity.
Teresa Canavan, CEO of RDC said: “I am really proud to be celebrating our 25th year. We have witnessed many changes over the years, not least in terms of the economic climate and the impact budget and policy decisions can have on rural life.
“We remain fully committed to our vision of helping to support and sustain rural communities and will continue to work with central and local government, farmers and farm families, businesses, entrepreneurs, communities, young and old to ensure rural areas have access to adequate support, jobs and services.
“I would like to thank all those who have supported us over the years as the organisation looks forward to the next 25”.
A series of activities will take place over the coming months to mark this key milestone.
To kick start celebrations RDC hosted its first ever coffee morning with a themed vintage event in their premises at 17 Loy Street, Cookstown while supporting the Macmillan Cancer charity.