The 2022/2023 Green Flag Awards were announced by An Taisce Environmental Education on Wednesday 14th September, 2022. These acknowledge Ireland’s best public parks and gardens.
The Green Flag Awards Scheme is an international benchmarking standard for parks and green spaces and aims to encourage the provision of good quality public parks that are managed in an environmentally sustainable way.
In this year’s Green Flag Awards Cork City Council was delighted to receive 4 Green Flags. Both Fitzgerald’s Park and Shalom Park retained their two green flags for 2022/2023 and two new green flags were awarded for the Regional Park Ballincollig and Douglas Community Park.






Its that time of year again when the nights are beginning to close in and so our Tuesday and Thursday Work Nights will be coming to an end.
However, we will be carrying out some work on Saturday mornings during the winter months.
We are extremely grateful to our Volunteers for the amazing work carried out during these Work Nights. Their work has made a huge difference.


Trees on the Land is a charity and not-for-profit project from the Green Economy Foundation in collaboration with The Woodland Trust in Northern Ireland.
The following is their programme for winter planting:
Applications are open to all landowners, farmers, smallholders, councils, community groups, schools, colleges, sports clubs, golf clubs, gardeners and other landowners.
Those who apply to order trees to plant will be emailed an application number when their order is complete. They will be kept up to date with project news, tree delivery details and other information.       
Applications for trees will close at 6pm on Sunday 16th October. As there are a limited number of trees, applications are on a first come first served basis. If all trees are accounted for before the deadline. Apply promptly to avoid disappointment.
Sponsored trees are available free of charge to schools and colleges. They may apply for up to 250 trees and 2 apple trees.
Sponsored trees are also available free of charge to community groups, councils, sports clubs and golf clubs. Tidy Towns, resident’s groups, allotments, scout groups and community groups of all kinds are welcome to apply. There is no upper or lower limit on tree numbers – larger projects may undertake planting over a number of years as multi-year projects.
Sponsored trees are available free of charge to farms and smallholdings. There is no upper or lower limit on tree numbers – larger projects may undertake planting over a number of years as multi-year projects.
Gardeners may apply for trees for their gardens. Applications are limited to 100 trees each in addition to 2 apple trees.
Application fees will apply to all tree packs for gardens. Application fees amount to approximately 60c per tree and €18 each for apple trees. An additional delivery charge of €20 per order will apply.
Trees will be delivered by courier or by one of the local helpers. Buyers may be asked to fetch the trees from a local collection point. The majority of deliveries will be sent out during January and February 2023. All will be notified by email well in advance of the order being sent out for delivery.
Planting & Managing Your Trees:
People will need to plant the trees themselves with help from friends, family and others as appropriate to the planting project. A local contractor can be employed to plant the trees if they wish.
All trees are native species grown in Ireland from certified Irish provenance seed. Trees are small bare-rooted whips and between 30 cm and one metre tall depending on species. The majority of trees are 40-60 cm in height.
Applicants must agree to follow the guidelines carefully when planting their trees. These guidelines are available to read.
Queries and Pre-Application Advice:
If anyone is unsure at any point in the application process, please send an email to with any questions before submitting the application.




This year the National Ploughing Championships will be held in Ratheniska, Co. Laois on September 20th, 21st and 22nd.
This year the Tidy Towns stand will be within the Department of Rural and Community Development section known as Our Rural Future – Supporting Communities area (Block 3, Row 19, Stand 309).
Tidy Towns Adjudicators together with Volunteers from Tidy Towns Groups will be on hand to answer any queries people may have.



Ten Volunteers were out for Thursday’s Work Night, They worked from Barry’s Road onto The Killumney Road where protruding briars and branches were cut back.
Two more Volunteers were litter picking in the town centre. However, darkness called a halt to the work.
World Cleanup Day unites millions of Volunteers, Governments and Organisations in 191 countries to tackle the global waste problem and build up the new sustainable world. Let’s join hands for a waste-free world.



For the first time in a very long time, the weekly Sunday litter pick had to be cancelled due to the shocking weather.
Despite the heavy downpours several of our Volunteers managed to collect litter in their own time which was later segregated at the Allotment.