At our recent, and very successful, cleanup in The Rocks, where we were joined by a large and enthusiastic group of volunteers from St. Mary’s GAA Football Club, and removed over 250 bags of rubbish plus an array of household and other appliances, we were joined by Film-makers “Highwind Films” who recorded the cleanup as it happened, and interviewed some of the volunteers. Check out their video below:
These guys produce some amazing films and documentaries, great for Social Media and Marketing projects – check out the Highwind Media Website
34 people took part in the Wexford Naturalists’ Field Club’s Biodiversity Day walk around part of Wexford town. The highlight of the walk was the discovery, by one of our members, of a Swift nest in the wall at the front of the Borough Co. buildings. Now that we know that swifts are nesting in the vicinity the swift nest boxes, erected on the Old Jail, may be occupied sooner rather than later.
The Love Redmond Park group invites you to join them in Redmond Park on Friday next (May 31) at 10.30am for a complimentary cuppa and a chat. The occasion is EU Neighbours’ Day, an event which is celebrated by people all over Europe. The raison d’etre of Neighbours Day is a simple one: get to know your neighbour. Why? Well if for no other reason than “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know”! On a more serious level a strong community spirit is only as good as the links between individuals in the community. All it takes is a little more friendly communication and a willingness to lend a helping hand when its needed. Maybe think of your neighbourhood as an army and apply the maxim from Aesop’s Fables: “United we stand, divided we fall”!
This year’s Neighbours’ Day event will be officially launched by The Mayor, Councillor Jim Allen while local historian and writer Liam Gaul is this year’s guest speaker. As author of the recently published “Wexford: The American Connection” Liam will focus, in his talk, on our links with the USA.
Wexford Tidy Towns Committee is delighted to let you know that the application for the National Tidy Towns Competition 2013 has been completed and forwarded to the Department of the Environment. We are aiming to obtain a Silver Medal this year. We would be delighted if everyone supported us by making sure that their area is kept clean and free from litter. The adjudication will take place anytime from the 1st June, 2013 and we do not get notification of what date or what time, so we really need to be vigilant and ensure that Wexford town is looking good.
You can follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with events. Photo slideshows of all of the Cleanups and other volunteer projects can be seen on our Gallery Page.
The following are the scheduled dates for volunteer meet-ups for litter-picking, planting, painting and Wexford Tidy Towns’ many activities, from June to December 2013. Any additional dates, or changes to this schedule, will be posted here, and on our Facebook page.
If you haven’t already, please consider joining us on one or more of our cleanups/projects – you’ll meet a great bunch of people, have some fun, and the satisfaction of helping to keep our beautiful town looking it’s best for natives and tourists alike!
1. Saturday 8th and 22nd June
2. Thursday 11th July and Saturday 27th July
3. Thursday 8th August and Saturday 23rd August
4. Saturday 7th and 21st September
5. Saturday 12th October
6. Saturday 9th November
7. Saturday 7th December
Just in case you didn’t know, today is International Day for Biological Diversity. The purpose of the day is to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. Wexford was not found wanting in celebrating the day thanks to our friends in the Wexford Naturalists Field Club. There is nothing they like better than delving into and singing the praises of the county’s rich natural heritage. To honour the occasion WNFC lined up Dave Daly, Zoë Devlin, Alan McGuire and Chris Wilson to lead guided walks exploring the natural history of Wexford Town. The walks (there were two groups) took in the old town walls, the graveyards, Selskar Abbey, the back lanes, the quays, the old jail on Hill Street (swift boxes), and the skies above us. To cap it all the weather this evening was glorious. What better way to spend a Summer evening.
Wexford Borough Council and Wexford Tidy Towns, with the support of Atlantic Industries (CocaCola), have launched an informative and attractive brochure promoting the wildlife of Wexford Harbour. The purpose of the brochure is to create greater awareness of, and interest in, the wildlife that can be seen in Wexford Harbour. Lynda Harmon of Chameleon Creatives designed the brochure and the wonderful illustrations depicting the flora and fauna of Wexford were created by well known artist Dave Daly. Brochures are available from Wexford Tourist Office, Wexford Library and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve. Alternatively you can see large poster-size versions of the brochure on the “Wild Wexford” panels on Wexford Quays.