Welcome to the new look Ballincollig Tidy Towns Weekly News!!

Regional ParkWe hope the Ballincollig community will enjoy the changes in the coming weeks. Feel free to send us information on any work you are doing to improve your garden and/or estate so that we may give you a ‘shout out’. Also if you see things that could be improved on, please be sure to leave a message on the website. We look forward to making our website a must place to visit going forward.

Although most people living in Ballincollig are aware of the daily/weekly litter picks being carried out, many are unaware that there are always year round projects on the go also. We work with many people, among them the pupils of all the local Primary and Secondary Schools. They carry out many interesting projects during the year in conjunction with BTT and their progress will be posted on our website in the coming months. . 

While several local Businesses sponsor much of the work we do, many carry out some projects themselves. Others give of their time and come out as a group and spend several hours working with our workers and members,  making significant improvements to certain areas.

Each year we have improved our overall marks in the SuperValu National Tidy Towns Competition. So this year we are hoping that our improved website will give people an idea as to how the work we do all year round goes towards achieving these marks.

We are looking forward to making the website a place where the community can read about  any and all work being carried out throughout the Town and follow their progress through to completion.

Ballincollig’s younger members can catch up on all that is happening in The Fairy Trail and perhaps hear from some of it’s residents.

The news for the week to 8th February ………………..

The Volunteers met at Quish’s West End at 11am on Sunday last for our weekly LITTER  PICK. Twenty eight of us turned out at the usual meeting point on what was a lovely bright morning. After working for an hour and collecting fourteen bags of waste which included one from the approach road and four of recycling, we all made our way to the Oriel House Hotel for the weekly cuppa and catch up.

This week our four Transition Year students were also among our Volunteers. We welcomed Karen our newest Volunteer.

Some of our pickers were out on Main Street during the previous week and managed to collect two bags each of litter and recycling.

Our TUS/CE WORKERS were as busy as usual at the allotment site where many jobs were sorted. The compost heap was added to, weeding was done, waste sorted, planter boxes were washed and painted, getting them ready for the summer planting. Outside of the allotment there was plenty of work done including maintenance of the Beech Hedging opposite Coolroe Heights.

There is plenty of work being done in the various ESTATES around Ballincollig. The trees at Cranford Pines were trimmed during the week and this has made the place look neat and tidy. The Residents of Fionn Laoi are active keeping their area litter free. Seven bags of litter and three of recycling have been cleared recently.

OTHER WORKS happening around Ballincollig – As a result of a January survey of the Gunpowder Walks in the Regional Park, remedial works have commenced with a Volunteer cleaning the Marker Stones so that the Directional Arrows can be repainted. The newest Town Walking Route is currently at the planning stage for Signage and Markers. These walks are for everyone’s enjoyment and all routes take in parts of Ballincollig’s Heritage. These can be especially useful for tourists visiting Ballincollig. The Transition Year students in both Secondary Schools are conducting a survey for BTT at present and we will be in a position to report on it in more detail in the coming weeks.

We are always looking for NEW VOLUNTEERS to come out and join us on our Litter Pick every Sunday morning. Or, perhaps you might like to join us to help with the various projects and work we will have going on in the coming months.