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 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.
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:
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to open and read DLRCoCo’s Environmental Awareness Spring Newsletter. We will be in touch with residents soon about our own Roebuck Spring Clean.
We made a submission in respect of the Pre-Draft Dundrum Local Area Plan. The closing date was Friday 14th December. Our main focus was the Central Mental Hospital, but we also commented on changes we would like to see happen in Dundrum Village.
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 email@example.com 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.”
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.
Some residents may be interested to know that Shankill Tidy Towns have organised a number of fantastic Historical Walks starting this May with a tour of the Big Houses of Shanganagh. This event is followed by a talk on the Dublin Mountain Way (3rd June), the Railways of Shankill (6th August) and 4 Castles and a Cornmill 29th October.
Christmas tree recycling will take place from Tuesday 3rd – Sunday 15th January 2017 inclusive between 9.30am and 3.30pm at the following locations:
Blackrock Park Main Entrance
Cabinteely Park Car Park
Killiney Hill Car Park
Marlay Park, Grange Road Car Park
DLR Parks Depot, Sandyford Road, (Near Kilcross Estate)
Shanganagh Recycling Centre Car Park
West Pier Car Park, Dún Laoghaire.
Please do not leave Christmas Trees before or after these dates or outside the designated areas. The provisions of the Litter Pollution Acts 1997 – 2009 will apply.
One Christmas tree per car will also be accepted free of charge at Ballyogan Recycling Park for the month of January 2017 except on New Year’s Day when the facility will be closed.