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The RDS has announced the launch of the 2011 RDS Allotment Awards. Now in their second year, these awards have a total prize fund of €3,000 and strengthen the society’s commitment to promoting biodiversity in Ireland. Demand for allotments has never been higher, and the desire to grow fresh food at an affordable price is now stronger than ever.
Members of the Irish Turf Cutters and Contractors Association who met in Ballinasloe yesterday afternoon have vowed they will not be bullied into stopping the cutting of turf on EU habitat-designated areas.
Westport electoral councillors voiced their concern about the need to trim the hedges along the roads in the Westport area, as according to Councillor John O’Malley, it is a “thorny issue” with the public “as the roads are in a terrible state”.
Hedge cutting in the Swinford Electoral Area is to commence shortly. However, as there is only a budget of €25,000, the director of services for the area warned that “expectations and demands” for hedge cutting “are not going to happen”.
The problem of overgrown hedges on county roads could be alleviated by people on the Live Register being employed to cut them down, according to a local councillor speaking at a meeting this week.
The Salmon Weir Bridge is likely to become a ‘double bridge’ in the near future with one bridge to deal with buses and pedestrians and the other with cars and vans.
The first Organic Community Garden in Castlebar is up and running and donations of gardening tools, plants, etc, are being sought from individuals or businesses in the Castlebar area.
No 11 Grattan Terrace has to be one of the only homes in Galway that offers stunning views of Galway Bay from every window in the house. Facing the Salthill Promenade, views of the bay must be seen in order to fully appreciate as you can see all of the bay, the Clare hills, and the Aran Islands.
Sustainability, local food, and ‘grow your own’, are central themes to this year’s Bloom festival, which will take place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, over the June Bank Holiday weekend.
Green fingered enthusiasts in need of space to grow fruit and vegetables can now do so in Galway Bay Allotments in Clarinbridge.