“BIN IT , DON’T FLING IT. HELP KEEP OUR ROADS LITTER FREE”– this is the slogan of an anti roadside litter campaign recently launched by Waterford City & Co. Co.in association with other local authorities in the South East . Lismore Tidy Towns is glad to be involved with the initiative . It was decided by the tidy towns group to target four car parking areas in Lismore and place signage at those locations– the public car park, the community centre car park, the car park at Canal View Park and the car park of Centra Supermarket. Thanks to Willie Roche Centra for agreeing to put up the sign in his car park and Lismore GAA for giving us permission to place a sign at the Community Centre.
We should be in the adjudication period of the 2018 Super Valu Tidy Towns competition now. Nobody knows when the adjudicators visit so everything needs to be in tip top condition for the coming months . A sincere thank you to the owners of some business premises who were asked to to do work on their properties and did so and to those who do maintenance work without being asked. Last week was our busiest week to date and with the good weather people were out working every day of the past week— morning and evening– to ensure that all of planned work for the competition would be completed. The only project not completed in time for the first adjudication is the new carving for the park but this was expected and hopefully will be in situ before the end of June.
Reminding dog owners that the biodegradable dog waste bags in the public dispensers are for dog walkers and not for use in the home. People have been seen taking bunches of bags from the dispensers. Dog owners should be able to buy their own waste bags which are cheap to buy in discount shops and only use those in the dispensers if they leave home without one. The bags in the dispensers bags are offered free to the public but people need to remember that companies don’t supply those bags free of of charge and that somebody has to pay for them .
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Grow your own food in the garden, on a balcony, in a container– WHY
1. The security of knowing how your food is produced is reason enough to grow your own and it adds another dimension to the word ” local”. After all there is nothing more local than food that comes from you own garden or containers– it is the ultimate in traceability and it gives you a supply of organic fresh food ready to eat at a moment’s notice
2.Because you reap the health benefits of eating your own fresh produce , grown on rich soil which will include the beneficial bacteria and enzymes of your local area known to enhance your immune system
3.It gives you more choice–you can choose from a wide range of seed to deliver the natural flavours that you crave
4. Because fresh locally grown herbs, vegetables and fruit are higher in nutrients than those that have travelled long distances over several days
The week starting Monday 28th May was again another very busy week for both the working and CE teams. Grass was strimmed at the Ice Houses on the Ballyduff Road and grass seed set at some prepared spaces there ,all of the topiary at Canal View Park was trimmed and shaped, the footpath running along by the canal weeded and swept, the beds in the hotel car park weeded and the whole ground area swept ,two planted areas at the Bank of Ireland were weeded,all seating in public spaces washed as well as all of the other individual work that tidy towns members have been doing in their own free time . Signage to promote the All Ireland Pollinator Plan have been placed at sites around the town which have been planted with pollinator friendly plants and shrubs. To attract the bees we have incorporated some pollinator friendly plants in the wall baskets on West Street as most flowers used for hanging baskets/ containers are not pollinator friendly . A new sign has also been placed on the railing at Canal View Park about the do’s and don’ts about feeding the ducks.
In recent weeks all of the mile markers in the environs of Lismore have been painted and Sean Daly is thanked for doing that work. A bee and bug hotel built and put together by Lismore Tidy Town’s member Sheila Roche has been placed in the Millennium Park close to the composting area.
As adjudication time for the 2018 SuperValu Tidy Towns competition approaches the work effort at this time is being concentrated on the tidiness aspect of the competition. It was great to have the big street sweeper in town during the past week to sweep all of the winter/spring debris of all of our approach roads.A big thank you to our local engineer Waterford City & Co. Co. and local GSS John Foley for their efforts in organising this. This coming week tidy towns members and its CE scheme workers are going to wash some unoccupied premises on Main Street and we appeal to landlords of properties and owners of business premises to ensure that from this week on that your property is clean and presentable. People are asked to regularly sweep the footpath adjacent to their premises and to dispose of any debris swept — please don’t leave it in a heap outside the kerbing.
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Protect your crops— encourage blackfly predators such as ladybirds by leaving a patch of nettles to grow in the garden or plant some calendula
On Thursday 24th of May Lismore Tidy Towns organised for the wood sculpture of St. Carthage patron saint of Lismore in the Millennium Park to be cut down and removed by John Hayes Wood Sculptor, his assistant James and two local contractors who gave their services free of charge for which we are very grateful . The reason for the removal was that the live tree from which the sculpture was carved had weakened from disease and the carving at the top was becoming quite unstable. Honey fungus is the name of the disease which affects the roots of a tree and weak trees are unable to support growth and result in plant leaves turning yellow. Mushroom type fruiting bodies honey coloured can also be seen growing at the base of affected plants. When signs of this fungus were identified in 2005 it was planned to remove the whole tree from the Millennium but the late Eric Flynn who was Lismore Town Clerk at the time investigated the idea of making a sculpture of the tree trunk rather than felling it . Wood sculptors were scarce at the time but he sourced one, a lady called Nancy from Wales who came to Lismore in her camper van and did the sculpting on site in May 2005. At the time people came from near and far to see her at work . It was said at the time that the tree would last for around 10 years but we got 13 years instead. A new two sided wood sculpture on a plinth will replace the one taken down. The tree for the new sculpture was donated by Lord Burlington and Lismore Estates and is at present in the workshop of John Hayes Wood Sculptor in Fenor who is doing the carving John is known locally and nationally for his sculpture of the Viking Sword which is on display in Waterford . The new sculpture will be completed and placed in the Millennium Park towards late June this year. This is a Lismore Tidy Towns Project with the costs of the carving and information plaques for the tree being paid for out of our funds . To celebrate 60 years of the Tidy Towns movement in the Irish Republic in 2018 the Department of Rural and Community Development gave grants to all participants in the 2018 competition—- 1,000 euro for villages, 2,000 for towns, 4,000 for large towns and urban centres. Lismore Tidy Towns got 2,000 euro and this money is being used as part of the payment for the sculpture We are all looking forward to its completion .
There was lots of other work done on the week starting Monday 21st May—- grasses were planted at the bandstand in the Millennium Park , all of the seats were painted in the Millennium Park, the 16 wall baskets at West Street and the New Way were planted, entrances to graveled entrances at Mountain View, Lios an Oir were grass seeded, beds at the Cathedral and Ferry Lan were weeded and tidied, biodiversity information sign at the Strand painted as well as the wood top of the picnic table and seats of the two benches there. Thanks to the work team and CE team who were all involved in the above work at all hours of the day.
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With the recent fine weather many of us are planting summer bedding and below are some new planting ideas for items that you may have in your home:
Reuse old wellies, watering cans and even teapots and turn them in to quirky containers for your plants. Just ensure that you drill some drainage holes in the bottom or put in some drainage material