Wexford town has just completed its most intensive and successful National Spring Clean campaign yet. Each Saturday this month there were dozens of volunteers out at various locations litter-picking, sweeping, painting, pruning and generally making our town look more beautiful.
There was also the opening, earlier this week, of the attractive new biodiversity-friendly “pocket” park on 1798 Street, an initiative spearheaded by Wexford Tidy Towns in association with Wexford Borough Council. This is the most visible result to date of the new Biodiversity Committee.
The culmination of the month-long campaign came yesterday with a humungous clean-up at The Rocks, Maudlintown. With the number of volunteers up by at least 100% over 300 bags of waste were collected and that’s not counting out-size items such as mattresses and the like. Full credit to the Maudlintown community and St Mary’s GFC for getting out in such force. One not insignificant result of yesterday’s clean-up was that it allowed Wexford people see what a wonderful asset they have tucked away in a corner of the town.
The net result of this major Spring Clean campaign is that Wexford now looks better than ever and people are going to be more insistent than ever that it be kept that way. With Wexford-in-Bloom is just around the corner we can expect the town to look even better again as it dons it floral glad-rags!
Volunteers getting their orders at The Rocks!
A beautifully designed new landscaped “garden” on Wexford’s 1798 Street has its official opening on Thursday, April 25 at 11.30am. The project, a collaborative effort involving Wexford Tidy Towns and Wexford Borough Council, transforms what was a very unloved space into something altogether different. Two spaces, on either side of the road, have been transformed, in a simple but effective way, with meandering pathways, carefully stocked flower-beds, shrubs, trees and wall trellises. Attractive seating will be installed shortly. The designers have given a serious nod to biodiversity in the choice of plants and the decision to leave wild strips along walls. The birds, bees and butterflies will be happy here! Overall, this is a clever use of a relatively small area. The hope is that this oasis of calm will be embraced by the local community and become a place to meet, chat and simply relax.
We are delighted to present a lecture/workshop on the themes of waste prevention and invasive species at Wexford Library on Thursday next (May 2) at 7pm. The speakers are Brídin Mulhall and John Michael O’Mahony of An Taisce.
Brídin presents a Waste Prevention Workshop looking at raising awareness of waste and litter, its causes and consequences and how to deal with it. John Michael presents a seminar on Invasive Species. He looks at how to use information collected about Invasive Species in an area to map that area. Invasive species are a growing problem in communities as some species are aggressively acquiring land and taking over areas.
This event is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
The National Tidy Towns competition is an annual event organised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government with the support of the main sponsor SuperValu along with other organisations. Last year we won a bronze medal. This year we are hoping to go one better! Find out more about the competition at Tidy Towns Ireland
Wexford Walking Tours posted this message on Facebook yesterday. We think it’s worth sharing:
“Yesterday we had a Viking tour with children from Gorey. This involves going across Mary’s Lane which looked brilliant yesterday. litter and graffiti-free. It is our favourite lane in Wexford. We finished up with a picnic in Redmond Park. The weather was fine and the park, too, was litter free and looked beautiful. The children were thrilled, we even looked into St Patrick’s Churchyard and it, too, looked great. There is so much good work going on in this town.”