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Network for Nature event

On the 10th March three of our members attended a Network For Nature Tidy Towns event in the Longford Arms with topics covering pollinators, water catchments, what auditors look for, water conservation projects, invasive species among other topics. It was an interesting an informative day, a number of exhibitors had brochures and displays.

One common theme in many communities today is the threat of Japanese Knot weed but did you know there is also a Himalayan knot weed as well. Kieran,  from Eco Advocacy gave us a short talk on some of the many species of invader in Ireland. The documents below were sent to us so please read for more information. As with any such species please consult with our Environmental Manager/County Council for advice before tackling these as you may make things worse.




AGM 2018

Our Annual General meeting was held on Wednesday 7th March in the Old School. It was well attended but no new faces. We discussed the past years activities, our financial situation and the coming years projects.
The Hamper Draw, Fun Run and Church Gate collection raised some needed funds but the big fund raiser for us was the Breakfast morning run in conjunction with Mostrim Traders. We will not be doing the Breakfast this year but we plan to do the other three during the year and we hope your support will be equally generous this year.
We will be holding our Spring Clean on the 14th April and the Fun Run on the 15th. Full details to follow. Anyone interested in getting involved during the year (even on a part time basis) will be more than welcome. Contact Tom Dooley or any member of the Committee.

Two videos

Two contrasting videos here. The first one was recorded by a diver off the coast of Bali. It shows the rubbish in the water. There is almost no haze or murk so how crystal clear would these waters be if the rubbish wasn’t there


Our second video is a local one, filmed by local man Jimmy Connell and was taken during the snow fall towards the end of February and shows our town.

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…


AGM 2018

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


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