12 Sep 2019

Runners Up – Tidy Districts Competition 2019

We were awarded Runners Up in this year’s Tidy Districts Competition! Well done to our fantastic Tidy Districts’ Team, and to everyone who came out and helped during the year. We’ve won a prize for 3 out of the last 4 years. Not bad, not bad at all.

Winners and Runners Up 2019

You can read more about it on the DLR website. While the competition is primarily an anti-litter and anti-graffiti competition, it has evolved over the years and now considers biodiversity, ecological projects and community engagement. This year, a new climate change category was added. This category seeks to encourage and reward positive climate action. So if anyone has any ideas please let us know.

12 Sep 2019

Public Consultation – Community, Cultural and Civic Facilities in Dundrum

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has commissioned work on an Action Plan for Community, Cultural and Civic for Dundrum, and that work has already begun.The Action Plan will propose what community, cultural and civic facilities will be needed in the area over the next 20 years.

A public consultation begins on Thursday (September 5th) for a four week period. This is a great opportunity for local people to make the case again for a new Civic Centre at the heart of Dundrum Village, including a modern library and additional community facilities. 

You can find out more here: https://dlrcoco.citizenspace.com/planning/dundrum-community-cultural-civic-action-plan-cccap/. The consultation period runs from Thursday September 5th 2019 to Thursday October 3rd inclusive.

It only takes about 10 minutes to complete, and it is anonymous for private individuals.

26 Apr 2019

Works – Junction of Larchfield and Farmhill Roads

KN Networks, on behalf of DLR County Council, will begin works at the junction of Larchfield and Farmhill Roads on Monday April 29th. Works are expected to be completed by Friday May 3rd. The road space between the footpaths (the bottom of Farmhill Road over to the corner of the Green) will be narrowed slightly for pedestrian and road safety reasons. It’s great to see the Council doing work in our area.

You can open and view a PDF here for more detail.

27 Mar 2019

New Trees, Need Watering

You may have noticed all the new trees planted around our area in the last few weeks. We have been liaising with the Parks Department over the last couple of years regarding trees – proposing particular varieties, doing a survey on the missing and damaged trees etc. All this hard work is paying off and we’ve had some more lovely trees planted this year.

Newly planted trees are very vulnerable to dry conditions. They need a lot of watering, especially in the first few months. If you have a new tree outside your house, please water it. If you notice a new tree close to your own house that isn’t being watered, please consider taking on the job of watering that one too.

You may also have noticed the damage done to a few of the newly planted trees on Larchfield Road on Wednesday night. You do have to wonder what goes through the (tiny) mind of someone who would do such blantant vandalism. It has been reported to the guards and the Council.

12 Mar 2019

Slow to Mow

The more observant of you would have noticed the “Nature Wildlife Area, Do Not Cut or Spray” notices that were put up on the grassed area on Goatstown Road, opposite Trimbleston, last year. Well the Council’s plan is to reduce grass cutting in this area (and other areas in DLR County) to just twice per year. To allow wild plants and flowers to grow, which should optimise conditions for pollinators.

Well it seems a mistake was made and the grass was just recently cut! Despite them not supposed to be cutting it until June!

The Council recently sent some further information about this initiative. You can read their leaflet here. You can also find more information on the DLRCoCo website:
www.dlrcoco.ie/en/heritage/biodiversity/nature-wildlife-areas

11 Mar 2019

Want to be a Master Composter?

Do any of these match your ambitions?

< Make a difference in your community
< Help your Tidy Town’s programme
< Protect our environment
< Meet like-minded people
< Save money and have fun

If so, you’re in luck! DLRCoCo are running a Master Composter course. It is free, and will answer any questions you ever had about composting but were afraid to ask.

You can find out all you need to know here, in this leaflet. Please let us know if you decide to go by emailing us at roebuckresidents@gmail.com.

05 Jul 2018

Tidy Districts Judgement Day + Weeds Info from DLR

Tidy Districts Judgement Day
The judging period for Tidy Districts has just begun. Will we make it three years in a row? The stress of it all. All residents are asked to put in a special effort, please tidy up your verges, and your neighbour’s if they’re not able to/away/too lazy!

18 bags of weeds and edgings were collected at our last tidy-up evening. The (very small) Tidy Districts team is putting in superhuman effort to get our area into shape. All help is much appreciated.

And please don’t forget the poor trees! The new ones, from this year and last year, will be really suffering in this heat. The odd bucket of water would be much appreciated. Washing up water etc. is perfectly fine.

Weeds Info from DLR
We got some information regarding weeds from the Environmental Awareness section of DLRCoCo.

Grass won’t grow significantly under extreme drought conditions. If you’re going to cut your grass it’s recommended you cut it on the highest possible setting.

The Council is no longer spraying weeds, see here. If weeds are an issue in your area you can report them to info@dlrcoco.ie Please take a picture of the weeds, if they meet certain predefined criteria a crew will be sent to physically weed the area. This is an extremely positive step for our wildlife and is fully endorsed by the Environment Awareness Section.

 

 

27 Apr 2018

Sustainable Gardening Workshops

Some of our Tidy Districts’ Team, and one or two residents, attended a Sustainable Gardening course that was held weekly over the last couple of months in Marlay Park. It was sponsored by DLRCoCo, and was run by Aoife Munn.

Theworkshops were designed to encourage resident groups and individuals to make informed decisions when managing their estates/gardens in ways that will be sympathetic to nature and in particular our pollinators.

It will appear on RTÉ’s Nationwide programme in the coming months. Fame at last. Thanks to Dalkey Tidy Towns for the photos.