Welcome to this weeks Ballincollig Tidy Towns Newsletter. There is plenty of news although I must admit I have let others do the talking for the most part and have had a somewhat easier week, some might even say lazy!!
We are all looking forward to restrictions being lifted so that we can get back out there and bring Ballincollig forward to the next level. We are posting lots of information on our website to pass the time so be sure to read the various articles. Many of these will be useful in the coming months.
So, for now sit tight, stay within your 5km and keep safe. Make sure that you take the time to look out for others and do what you can to keep Ballincollig looking its best.
This week several of our Volunteers picked litter while out for their exercise within their 5km.
Kitty’s haul was ten bags of Litter, one bag of Glass, two bags of Cans and one bag of Plastic.
Ferghal collected one bag of Litter and there was also one bag of Litter from Nathan.
We collected three bags of Litter from a person living close to Maglin Bridge who also carried out a Litter Pick.
We also collected one bag of litter from Donal Flavin from his twice weekly Litter Pick, and one bag from a Litter Pick in Rosewood.
Sheila collected one bag of Litter from the Leecourt, Leesdale, Coláiste Choilm area.
Two bags of Litter were collected this evening following a Litter Pick by Margaret, covering Station Road and the back road as far as Limeworth Traffic Lights.
We are so grateful to everyone who carries out Litter Picks especially during the lockdown.
‘Penpal Cork’ is a new Instagram Page created by Tara Thornton from Innishannon. She is encouraging people to pair up with a ‘Penpal’ in a Nursing Home or Long-Term Care Facility in order to help them feel connected to the outside world.
Although the Coronavirus has changed all our lives and we are in lockdown and subject to restrictions those in our Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities are bound to be feeling these effects the most. Although our movements are restricted to within 5km, we are in the enviable position of having some freedom and we get to chat with people as we exercise or do our weekly shopping. However, these people remain within the confines of their grounds and have limited visitors if any at all.
So why not take this unique opportunity to reach out and connect with others.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
STORIES FROM THE WATERSIDE – A SPECIAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE WORLD WETLAND DAY 2021
POLLINATOR FRIENDLY MANAGEMENT OF SPORTS CLUBS
New guidelines have been published to help Sports Clubs become more Biodiversity Friendly. With approximately 15,000 clubs across the island, sports clubs can play a vital role in the conservation of our biodiversity. The newest publication from the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, ‘Pollinator-friendly management of Sports Clubs’ offers 10 actions to help pollinators, ranging from reduced mowing on off-pitch grass to planting a native tree walking trail.
This guide is aimed at those who have responsibility for managing Sports Clubs and their surroundings. All these actions are evidence-based, i.e. scientific studies show these actions have a positive impact on pollinators.
Pollinators need food, shelter and safety and fortunately, many of the land management changes required are really simple. They are also often ‘do-not’ actions rather than ‘do’, so that there is no cost and nature itself does the hard work. There are actions for all types of clubs, and both rural and urban, regardless of how much outdoor space a club might have.
Some useful ways to make your local Sports Clubs biodiversity-friendly:
a) Manage some off-pitch grass for pollinators by reducing mowing to every 4 to 6weeks or long-flowering annual meadows.
b) Manage existing native hedgerows for biodiversity by allowing native hedgerows to flower each spring.
c) Plant biodiversity-friendly trees, shrubs and flowers. Consider planting additional pollinator-friendly trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs around the grounds. They provide vital sources of food, particularly in spring and autumn.
d) Reduce use of herbicides. Perhaps adopt a pollinator-friendly pesticide code and protect local water sources. Consider strimming instead of spraying around fencing, goals and lights. Avoid spraying the base of trees or hedgerows.
e) Provide nesting places for wild bees such as hedgerows, mud banks, drilled wood and bee hotels.