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Lismore TT Notes 20-12-2017

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

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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Over the Christmas period take care with items going into your recycling bin:
  • 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

Lismorer TT Notes 13-12-2017

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.

 We hear a lot of talk and discussion  in the media about Climate Change and its effect on the environment world wide . Last week the Climate Change Advisory Council of Ireland  which was set up in 2015  launched its first annual review.  The council in its report sharply criticises the   Irish  government   on its  action to date and warns that Ireland will miss its 2020  emissions reductions  target  by a substantial margin  and is not on track to  to decarbonise the Irish economy by 2050 despite pledging to so so under the Paris climate deal . Minister for the Environment  Mr. Denis Naughton stated last week that he is committed to introducing change starting with one of the key recommendations of the above report — the banning of smokey coal nationwide some 27 years after it was  introduced in Dublin. In this regard Mr. Naughton announced  a national ban on the sale of smokey coal  from Autumn 2018 followed by a burning ban in 2019.

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5 ways that you can help to reduce environmental pollution:
 
1. Home& Community— re-using, upcycling, re-purposing and recycling items means less waste and more savings in terms of money, resources and energy
2.Energy—  completely turn off  appliances such as computers, televisions, and mobile phones when not in use. Buy A rated appliances wherever possible and turn off lights when leaving a room
3. Home & Health— if using coal use the low smoke variety. Walk and cycle to work/ school/ local shops if possible and when weather permits. Be mindful that flushing chemicals, medication, oil and pesticides into septic tanks/ household drains  may damage he environment.
4. Water–don’t use the washing machine or dishwasher unless they are full.  Install a water efficient showerhead and don’t run the tap while brushing tour teeth
5.  Waste— think before throwing anything away, can it be re-used? Buy fruit and vegetables  that have no unnecessary packaging. Look for non hazardous alternatives for cleaning at home and consider natural substitutes such as vinegar and lemon

Lismore TT 6-12-2017

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.

Our two CES workers continue with general maintenance and litter picking and everyday have a full work schedule to get through. The planning committee continue their work behind the scenes getting ready for the 2018 season and thanks to those involved who have given up a lot of personal to organise meetings and contacts  during the day and at night.
 On Thursday last 30th November the Environment Awareness Officer Ms. Ella Ryan hosted a workshop on Volunteering in Dungarvan  . It was a follow up on last year’s workshop which was organised to help voluntary groups to get new members. The workshop was presented by Mr. Mike Holden, a freelance teacher, trainer and facilitator specialising in environmental and sustainability issues Sean Daly , Mary O’Brien and Sheila Roche represented Lismore Tidy Towns. Only one other  group who hope to form a tidy towns committee in Dungarvan attended the meeting.
Lismore Tidy Towns extends its sympathy to one of our community litter volunteers Mrs. Veronica Troy on the recent death of her mother Mrs. Alice Burke, Touraneena. May she rest in peace.

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 Bug hotels are a great way to attract pollination insects.
Create your own bug hotel as follows– an upside down pot half buried in the ground makes an excellent bug hotel. Fill it with straw and connect it to the surface with some hosepipe.
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