LITTER PICK
Last Sunday there were twenty-two Volunteers and four Transition Year students out on the weekly Litter Pick.
The following day this waste together with the waste from the daily Litter Picks of the previous week yielded 5 bags of Rubbish, 2 bags of Cans, 3 bags of Plastic Bottles and 1 bag of Glass.
 
GO YELLOW FOR PIETA
Darkness Into Light 2020 is fast approaching and plans are well advanced for this year’s event. The Committee is hoping that this year will surpass all previous years. As part of the preparations, it is asking all Schools, Businesses, Sports Organisations etc. to wear Yellow on Friday 24th April.
Go Yellow For Pieta.
 
CE/TUS WORKERS
John, one of our workers, has been busy tidying up the long bed in front of Westcliffe. When you consider there are over 3,000 plants in this flower bed it will take some considerable amount of time to get through.
This week saw the culmination of weeks of work in the Allotment. The raised flower beds had rotted away and needed to be rebuilt. The workers carried out an incredible job in fitting new railway sleepers to make the new beds. They then mixed bark mulch with topsoil and filled up the new beds.
We have put in some spring planters and although the ground is still very soggy, they look beautiful. As a result of the recent public talk from Margaret Griffin of Griffins Garden Centre, we are taking on board the importance of choosing pollinating plants when working not only on the Allotment flower beds but on flower beds throughout Ballincollig. In the coming weeks the Allotment flower beds will be filled with pollinators to add to the Ballincollig Pollinator Corridor.
For the past number of years our workers have ventured further afield carrying out bits of work at the top part of the Straight Road. This past week they removed all the silt from the base of the walls in this area. The result is remarkable.
THE BIG SCOOP
Dog Fouling Awareness Week continues this week until 16th March.
This week Dogs Trust has launched their Annual Dog Fouling Awareness Campaign “The Big Scoop”   www.dogstrust.ie . The idea is to encourage more people to be kind to their community and pick up after their dogs.
As part of the nationwide campaign their Education and Community Team will visit selected schools across Ireland where they will educate pupils on the importance of being a responsible dog owner and also educate them on how dog fouling is not a dog problem but a human one. Through “The Big Scoop” workshops they will use their three-tier approach – The Law, Health and The People it affects.
 
WEBSITE
Visit our website www.ballincolligtidytowns.ie for all the up to date news on Ballincollig Tidy Towns.
 
VOLUNTEERS
We have several new projects in the pipeline and together with our ongoing work, we are looking for new Volunteers to join us. The Work Nights will be commencing shortly and we will need several more pairs of hands to help get through all we have planned for this year. If you think you would like to help your community and if you have one or more hours to spare, please contact PAT CLARKE on 087 6348807.