Tidy Towns groups in Co. Kilkenny
Irish bees and other pollinators contribute €35Million a year to the Irish economy by pollinating our plants, trees and vegetables. They are under serious threat for survival because they don’t have enough food to eat or places to live. In response to this, in 2016 Local Authority Heritage Officers and Biodiversity Officers, in partnership with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, launched a new Tidy Towns “Let’s Get Buzzing- Local Authority Pollinator Award”. This Special Award encourages Tidy Towns groups to support the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan by making their communities more pollinator-friendly. There is an attractive prize fund of €9,000.
Simon Walton, Director of Services, Kilkenny County Council says “The award is
There was a great response to the award in 2016 with 58 Tidy Towns groups taking part. Monaghan Tidy Towns,
Birr Tidy Towns,
“Most pollinator actions are not costly or too complicated” explains Dearbhala Ledwidge, Kilkenny County Council Heritage Officer. “They can range from simply changing the grass mowing regime, to planting
The National Biodiversity Data Centre has produced practical guidelines to help communities and Tidy Towns groups to take action. “Local communities can lead the way in creating an Ireland where pollinators can thrive” according to
The closing date for the award is 25th May. Details and application forms are available at http://www.tidytowns.ie/ newsItem.php?id=1101 or contact Dearbhala Ledwidge, Kilkenny County Council Heritage Officer. 4
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