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Illegal Dumping – Government to act

RTE News reports that there is to be a government crackdown on illegal dumping. I am unsure that the money allocated will be adequate to cover the country as a whole. Read more here…

https://www.rte.ie/news/2018/0215/940864-illegal-dumping/

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AGM 2018

Our Tidy Towns AGM will take place on February 28th at 8pm in the Old Schoolhouse. All new faces are welcome.

https://www.facebook.com/events/334187643759190/

St Christopher’s Habitat

Insects are crucial components of many ecosystems, where they perform many important functions. They aerate the soil, pollinate blossoms, and control insect and plant pests. Many insects, especially beetles, are scavengers, feeding on dead animals and fallen trees, thereby recycling nutrients back into the soil. As decomposers, insects help create top soil, the nutrient-rich layer of soil that helps plants grow. Burrowing bugs, such as ants and beetles, dig tunnels that provide channels for water, benefiting plants. Bees, wasps, butterflies, and ants pollinate flowering plants. Gardeners love the ladybird and praying mantis because they control the size of certain insect populations, such as aphids and caterpillars, which feed on new plant growth.
Birds are obviously important members of many ecosystems. They are integral parts of food chains and food webs. In a woodland ecosystem for example, some birds get their food mainly from plants. Others chiefly eat small animals, such as insects or earthworms. Birds and bird eggs, in turn, serve as food for such animals as foxes, raccoons, and snakes. The feeding relationships among all the animals in an ecosystem help prevent any one species from becoming too numerous. Birds play a vital role in keeping this balance of nature.
The once common sight of hedgehogs in gardens could become a thing of the past, with the spiny species having suffered a dramatic decline in recent years on a par with the loss of starlings, red squirrels and other wildlife.
Tidy Towns today put up a number insect boxes, bird boxes and nesting boxes and hedgehog houses to try to encourage these valuable sections of our ecosystems and we’d like tot hank St Christophers for their permission to erect these in the small habitat area on the Granard Road.

 

Recycling Workshop

This Wednesday, 7 Feb at 6.00pm, Leah Comaskey (from http://voiceireland.org) presents a Recycling Workshop at Longford Library. This recycling workshop will include a particular focus on reducing and recycling household waste and what can and cannot go into each of your bins. Please come along. Please share and mention to friends.

This has been organised by Longford Tidy Towns

Irish Bogs

Duncan Stewart investigates the technical, social and environmental implications of restoring and protecting the country’s bogs from the activities of cutting and burning.

This link leads to the RTE player – this video will be viewable until 15th February

Watch Here

Water Crisis

An interesting and alarming article.

Cape Town, home to Table Mountain, African penguins, sunshine and sea, is a world-renowned tourist destination. But it could also become famous for being the first major city in the world to run out of water.

Read more on the BBC website
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-42626790

 

 

News Update

As the year goes on we’ll post updates on our activities in the local paper and re-post them here and on our Facebook page. Thanks to secretary John Cahill for compiling this.

As well as ongoing street cleaning and litter picking in the streets of the town, Old Longford Road, the bypass, the Backs and the Walks, our last project was Erecting the Christmas tree in Pound Street and stewarding at the Christmas Lights switch on – a very enjoyable evening was had by all, young and not so young.  Last year’s projects included works on Lisnanagh, Lisnageeragh Lane/Bracklin Road, Castlepollard Road, Dublin Road as well as co-operating with Longford County Council in installing new railings and trees on Main Street.  Our Schools and Best Premises  competitions were very successful.  Many thanks to all who volunteered their time during the year and also to Town Development and Longford County Council staff and our local representatives for their continued interest, help and co-operation.
As always we are appealing for volunteers to come and join us.  Our work groups often have as few as four or six (and most of us are well past the first flush of youth!).  Think what we could achieve if we had 8, 10 or 12 on a regular basis?
Work groups continue (weather permitting) every Saturday afternoon at 2.00 p.m. and Sunday mornings at 8.00 a.m. – meet at The Edgeworth Hotel.
We meet every six weeks on Wednesdays in the Old School House at 8.00 p.m.  Next meeting January 17th. The theme for this meeting will be Sustainable Waste and Resource  Management.  Check our website ( https://mostrimtidytowns.wordpress.com ) for more on our activities.