The Tidy Districts’ Team has been hard at work around the area. Some lovely plants for the winter months and also plenty of bulbs for a beautiful Spring display. Bee-friendly lavender planted at the Larchfield Road/Goatstown Road junction, with some grasses to follow. Winter bedding on the Green, and 200 daffodils will be ‘fluttering and dancing in the breeze’ in a surprise location within a few short months.
Well done to all who helped out, and donated, at our Hospice Coffee Morning on Saturday morning. Over €1,228.19 has been collected so far, and the box will be in Lynam’s until the end of September for those who couldn’t make it but would still like to contribute.
Included in the photos is a shot of Ronan Markey’s pop up composting information stand. Useful links for composting and the stopwaste.ie website etc. can be found in our previous post here: www.roebuckresidents.com/hospice-coffee-morning-stop-waste-compost-advisory-stand/
Update Oct 2nd: €1,333 was raised in total, and the Residents’ Association contributed a further €167 to bring the total up to a fantastic €1,500. Well done all concerned.
As well as the tea, coffee and lovely pastries and treats from Lynams, tomorrow morning’s event will also feature an advisory pop-up stand for the Stop Waste campaign. This will be run by a local resident, Ronan Markey, and will feature a small scale model showing what a composting site looks like, leaflets, free spaghetti measures and free rice portion spoons promoting the EPA’s – Stopwaste.ie campaign.
We’re very happy to support Ronan with this worthwhile project.
You can download a composting information leaflet here:
There is also a course that will be run in Herbert Park starting on the 19th September. The closing date is today (14th Sep), but if you are interested please talk to Ronan tomorrow morning, as places may still be available. Click here to view the course leaflet.
But back to more local matters – this year’s Tidy Districts’ judges will be arriving this Thursday morning. With that in mind, we’re asking all residents to do a quick 10 minute tidy-up outside your house.
If you were planning to cut your grass, please do it before Thursday (at the highest setting on your lawnmower). Also, a lot of weeds have survived the drought and are popping up everywhere, so please remove them from verges and beside kerbs and walls.
The very hard working Tidy Districts team would like to thank you for your co-operation, and would also like to thank all residents who helped keep the flowers and plants watered throughout the drought.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
If you haven’t in a while, you should take a walk down Friarsland Road to see the beautiful wildflowers that have been nurtured on the green at the end of the road. A lovely little patch of bee-friendly wilderness on our doorstops. Well done to all involved in the ongoing and slow but steady transformation of this space. In particular to local bee-keeper Kieran Harnett, Máire O’Donohoe and all the Tidy District team.
A local resident fed-up with the rubbish and dog poo being left in Rosemount field decided to install their own bin! The word on the ground was that it was done in order to make a statement to the Council. This is the fact that caused a bit of fury – there are two public bins in the whole of Goatstown/Rosemount, compared to the very short stretch of road in front of the Council offices in Dún Laoghaire, on Marine Road, where there are eight big belly bins. Eight.
The bag was replaced a few times by various residents until it got a bit too much for amateurs to cope with. Come on DLRCoCo; we may be all the way over here on the less trendy eastern edge of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, but don’t we deserve a bin too?!
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.
We had a good turn-out for our Spring Clean this year.
A few residents tackled the ivy beside the green in Belfield Downs. It was very overgrown and was being used as a dumping ground for rubbish. They made a good start on it, and cut it back to reveal some pretty nice plants and trees. A bit more to go though to finish it off. But we’ll get there.
A group also did a bit of job on Rosemount field. A large amount of rubbish was removed from there. Thanks to the Cotters and the Kielys in particular for getting so involved. The field really is in desperate need of a bin. So much so that one resident installed their own bin! As a way to make a statement to the Council. The bag has been changed a number of times by various residents.
The laneway between Farmhill Drive and Mount Carmel Road also got a spring clean. Thanks to the residents who gave up their time to clean it out. No thanks though to the dog owners who consider this laneway to be their own personal dog toilet! Bad enough not cleaning up what their dog leaves behind, but where is the logic in bagging it and then dumping the bag? 14 bagged poos were pulled out from behind one lamppost alone. Lovely.
Thanks too to all the residents who tidied up Friarsland Road, Friarsland Avenue, the green in front of the shops, and other areas over that weekend. The area is definitely looking tidier.
It’s a shame it took the Council 13 days to come and remove the waste collected from the green in front of the shops. The Tidy Districts’ Team’s call for a hazardous waste collection, along with the presence of the green waste bags, seemed to lead some people to think that it was a general dumping ground for all sorts of things. The Council, with a fair bit of persuasion, did eventually remove the general rubbish that was dumped there. We believe the Council may be following this up by reviewing CCTV to identify who the dumpers were.
Taney also had their first Spring Clean that weekend. Congratulations to Taney Area Residents’ Association on their first event (photo below)! So all in all, the whole area is scrubbing up well!