If you are out walking in the coming weeks in any part of Co. Waterford including Lismore and see the invasive species plant Winter Heliotrope— pictured below- growing in any part of the area where you live and even in your own garden then join the Winter Heliotrope challenge organised by the National Biodiversity Data Centre in based in Waterford City in collaboration with the EPA Research Project Prevention, Control and Eradication of Invasive Alien Species So what is Winter Heliotrope and how do you identify it?— it is a plant native to North Africa and the Mediterranean regions which was brought to Ireland by gardeners in the nineteenth century because it produced mauve/ pink/ white/ lilac coloured flowers smelling of almonds/ vanilla.Its leaves are heart shaped- 20to 50cm wide. It spreads rapidly underground, grows quickly, blocking out light from native plants and dominating the area. There are only male plants in Ireland so this means that the plant never creates seed sand all of the plants that you see in and outside Lismore are clones and have been spread from a broken off piece of the original plant..Enter the challenge as follows and be in with a chance to win a number of different prizes from the Biodiversity Centre
- Look out for Winter Heliotrope sightings between December the 8th and January 31st 2018
- Submit your sightings online —http://records..biodiversityireland.ie/record/invasives
- Be sure to submit a good clear photo with your sighting details
The chairperson of Lismore Tidy Towns Mr. Willie Henry along with the members of the Lismore Tidy Towns group wish a happy Christmas to everyone in the Lismore community and good wishes for 2018.
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- Recognise recyclable materials with the “scrunch test” for metallised plastic or unsuitable paper. If it stays squashed then it is recyclable and if it springs back it is not
- Metallic or glittery paper should not be recycled as it contains non paper additives
- The cardboard tube of kitchen paper can be recycled but the soiled sheets or tissue cannot. Wet wipes are non recyclable and should not be flushed down the toilet either
- Polystyrene should not go into your recycling bin and neither should batteries . Batteries should be collected and brought to a local battery collection point
Be aware of reducing food waste over the Christmas period, make a list and stick to it— a few ideas below
- Buy some cheap ice cube trays– take those leftover herbs, mix them with olive oil, freeze for use in stews, soups and more
- Use your hand blender and use it to turn soft vegetables from yesterday‘s roast into nourishing rich soups. Fruit and the end of yogurts and creme fraiche tubs can be whizzed into smoothies in seconds
With the blast of wintry weather over the past week our two CES workers have still managed to do the final hoeing and weeding of planted areas at Convent Road, Beechgrove and at Townparks along with a daily litter pick up. Even though the tidy towns work team is on their annual break the planning team have had two to three meetings per week over the past few weeks with organisations re proposed projects for 2018 and all are happy with the progress so far.
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It is great to hear that a Green School’s Committee has been formed at Blackwater Community School Lismore.. An Taisce’s Green Schools Programme is Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools. It promotes long-term, whole-school action for the school’s environment. It is student led with involvement from the wider community. Recently Blackwater Community School was chosen by an Taisce to participate in its” Neat Streets” programme. This initiative is an anti-litter and waste campaign run within secondary schools across Ireland. The programme is designed to facilitate and develop leadership, project management, citizenship and communication skills among students through the design and implementation of an anti- litter and waste campaign. Lismore Tidy Towns members Sean Daly, Willie Henry, Michael McBride and Mary O’ Brien recently attended a presentation by the Neat Streets project co-ordinator to the Green Schools Committee and all were very impressed with the ideas put forward by the committee from the group work activity and tidy towns are delighted to be involved.