SUNDAY LITTER PICK
Last Sunday twenty volunteers turned out for the weekly litter pick. The weather was good so many areas were covered in the hour. Among them were all of the Main Street from Poulavone in the East to Apple Green in the West and most of the streets in between. Although there wasn’t much litter compared to most Sunday mornings there were plenty of cigarette butts. Five bags of waste and five bags of mixed recycling were collected in total.
During the week we had volunteers in the Town Centre area each day conducting litter picks.
Tuesday and Thursday work evenings continued and a lot of work was covered. With a total of twenty eight volunteers putting in almost fifty hours over the two evenings, jobs such as grass edging at Poulavone, kerb sweeping, litter picks, weeding/ clearing the bedding area at the start of the Inniscarra Road, and works on the Fairy Trail in the Regional Park were all tackled. In addition, one volunteer spent a few evenings deadheading the railing baskets and they have come on again since. Welcome to Sinéad who joined us for the work evenings.
Watering baskets and bedding areas continued with four volunteers active different days during the week.
CE WORK GROUP
The group’s main work in the week up to Sunday 19th was clearing overgrowth from a wall in the Poulavone area. This work opened the footpath making it safer for pedestrians. With the help of some volunteers from VMWare, grass edging was dug out and bagged on Leo Murphy/Link Road. The edging has made a great difference and means we do not have to use weedkiller. Our thanks to the VMWare staff for their continued help.
Grass cutting was another big job tackled near the Gaelscoil on the Kilumney Road.
Bunting was erected in the Regional Park for Heritage Week and there are a number of events in the Park to suit both young and old alike.
In-keeping with the Bee Friendly Planting Scheme started earlier in the summer by Griffins Garden Centre, more bedding areas were planted. Margaret Griffin recommends more planting of flowers throughout Ballincollig in order to make wildlife corridors to connect park areas with residential. We hope to encourage and support that initiative into next year also.
Although the evenings are beginning to close in, we will continue our work evenings for a few more weeks.
We are always looking for more people to help out so please get in touch if you can spare us any time.
Declan is our newest Sunday volunteer and he is very welcome.
This Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August we are holding our Annual Church Gate collection. The community’s continued generosity and support are very much appreciated.
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