We would like to say a big thank you to several local businesses for their recent donations to help flower up our town with Wexford Tidy Towns and Wexford in Bloom. Without their help our town would not be as bright and colourful as it will be now this Summer. DoneDeal who for the second year in a row have donated €500 to Wexford in Bloom to flower up the Bullring. Wexford Credit Union has also donated €500 which will go towards flowering up the shrine in Drinagh and Iberius Church location. Pettitt’s SuperValu has also donated €200 towards flowering up Peter’s Square. Thank you everyone for your donations, we really appreciate them, your money will be put to good use. Now the local community and visitors can look forward to colourful displays around the town this Summer. Thank you also to all the volunteers who have helped created the beds and plant the flowers. Thank you to Beechdale for supplying the flowers and advice for these fantastic flowerbeds which really enhance our towns. They are always a pleasure to work with on our projects with Wexford Tidy Towns and also with the work they do with Wexford in Bloom flowering.
Wexford Tidy Towns have had a great month seeing Wexford being one of three communities awarded the first ‘Greening Community Flag’ Award. Wexford Tidy Towns also got involved in the National Spring Clean taking place Nationwide this month planting, painting, weeding, sweeping and cleaning several spots in Wexford Town. As part of this we created and updated several flowerbeds across Wexford Town including sites at Carcur and Kerlogue. Thank you to Beechdale for supplying the flowers and advice for these fantastic flowerbeds which really enhance our towns. They are always a pleasure to work with on our projects with Wexford Tidy Towns and also with the work they do with Wexford in Bloom.
Our first Action Day was on the 8th of April to prepare for our first big planting day on the 11th which saw us have two groups our at Carcur and Kerlogue to start planting up the new beds. On Saturday 18th we completed the rose bed at Kerlogue, painted the barrier behind it and refitted some of the bars on the barrier. These beds are now complete for the season and soon the roses should begin to appear. Another bed on the Rosslare road was replanted and tidied up on Wednesday 15th and the first flowers of the season have just appeared there. Preparatory work was also completed for another planting bed on this road which we hope to have in place by early May. Next Saturday 25th we will be doing planting at the Marian Shrine on the same section of road which should really freshen up its appearance. Anyone who would like to help us with this planting please come along at 10.00am on Saturday 25th, all equipment and hi-vis jackets will be provided. Putting in plants is very satisfactory work especially when you see the flowers a few short weeks afterwards.
Thank you to everyone who came along to any of the Action days you have done some amazing work. It was great to see a few new faces too but we need to get more people on board if we are going to maximise the effect we can have on the town. So please consider coming along to one of our meet ups the next one is Saturday 25th April.
Members of Wexford Tidy Towns attended a special ceremony for the first national Greening Communities Awards on Thursday 16th April at the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government in their Custom House Offices, Dublin. Here we were delighted to be presented Wexford’s first ‘Greening Community Flag’ Award. Wexford, Coolagown and Killorglin were the three communities awarded the flag on the day.
Denis Collins and Phil Murphy receiving the Greening Community Flag Award
“The Greening Communities Program provides a framework to recognise and celebrate a community that is striving towards sustainable living. A Greening Community Flag is awarded to a robust community that works with the program to identify needs and vulnerabilities in their locality and takes action, in accordance with the program, to make the community more sustainable.” (Greening Communities) Learn more about the awards here.
Some of the Biodiversity Projects undertaken in Wexford that were considered in awarding the Flag were:
This award along with being presented Bronze in 2014 Tidy Towns Awards as well as coming 5th in the Irish Businesses Against Litter (IBAL) 2014 Awards sees Wexford Tidy Towns continue to go from strength to strength. However with more volunteers we can achieve even better results so please come along and join us at one of our Action Days soon. We would love to see you there.
Blue Info Days takes place in Wexford on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th April 2015 with the International marine scientist group ‘Citclops’.
Blue Info days encourage ocean literacy and wise use of marine and coastal resources. That means understanding how the sea ticks, passing on and adapting old sustainable coastal and marine resource practices, learning new methods to measure, monitor and report on the state of the sea as powerful citizen science tools.
The first ‘Blue Info Days’ weekend in Ireland will take place on 25th and 26th April 2015 in county Wexford and consist of a mix of short talks, demonstrations and hands on trials, lots of fieldwork and fun water events. It is aimed at the general public including families and students who want to enjoy the sea and care for it, as well as those professionally engaged in the sea, monitoring and harvesting marine and coastal resources.
Costs: A 10 euro nonrefundable registration fee applies to fieldtrip bookings and 20 euro towards the Saturday party incl light meal. For those registering by April 21st the fieldtrip will include picnic or light local lunch. Registering on the day is possible if space allows but will not include lunch.
Register on www.coastwatch.org or www.Citclops.eu or send booking form and registration fee for fieldtrip by April 21st to: Karin Dubsky, Coastwatch, Civil and Env. Eng. TCD, Dublin 2. Ireland. Download more details and the timetable for the weekend here or here
As part of the National Spring Clean Wexford Tidy Towns will be holding a series of Action Days and events throughout the month of April.
Firstly we are looking for a few volunteers to meet at 6pm in the car park beside the Opera House on Wednesday evening April the 8th to get things prepared for the following Saturday. Beginning on Saturday 11th the group will be out planting, painting and tidying up on William Street and Trinity Street and heading out towards Rosslare to Kerlogue. Another team of volunteers will be planting a new bed at Carcur as well as doing some general tidying in that area. The meeting place will be at Aspels on The Crescent at 10.00am. The more volunteers we have the more that we can get done. As usual all tools and equipment will be provided as well as protective clothing. The event will last up to 2 hours and volunteers will gather afterwards for tea and coffee and a chat.
From Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th April Wexford Tidy Towns will begin weekly intensive cleaning and maintenance at two sites in Wexford town. Every Wednesday evening at 6.00pm we will be focusing on The Bullring and outside the AIB and St Iberius Church. On Thursdays we will work at Selskar Square, Selskar Street and Well Lane to Selskar Abbey. These concentrated cleaning sessions will ensure that these three key areas in the town are kept to a very high standard. We will be working with local businesses and residents to ensure that the centre of our town is cleaned to the highest standard. We will also be meeting up on Saturday 18th and Saturday 25th to do some flower bed planting around the town.
These intensive cleaning and maintenance actions will back up the fantastic work of the Gateway Programme that are so excellent at cleaning the centre of town. These action events each Wednesday and Thursday begin at 6.00pm and last about one hour (these will continue right through until the end of September). As usual all equipment and protective clothing will be provided.
Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want any more information or just turn up at any of the Action days to join us. We encourage everyone to consider giving us an hour every week to help make Wexford a cleaner, more beautiful place.