You may have noticed the Tidy Districts’ Team out planting bulbs over the last few weeks. These amazing ladies are planting over 50kg (i.e. a serious amount of bulbs) around our area. There is going to be a riot of colour here come the Spring time. Daffodils, tulips, crocuses, snowdrops etc. etc.
We are re-launching our Reclaim the Footpaths initiative we successfully ran a few years ago. We’ve had quite a few complaints recently from residents (including wheelchair users) in relation to hedges and trees overhanging, and encroaching onto, the footpaths in the area.
We are asking that residents look at the path outside your house and remove any vegetation from your garden growing above the footpaths. If your hedge is encroaching onto the footpath, it needs to be cut back to be in line with the garden wall.
Parents with buggies, or small kids on bikes/scooters, know how annoying it is when passing houses with big hedges that encroach out onto the footpath. It makes going two abreast difficult, if not impossible. It is also a particular problem for wheelchair users.
As well as being really annoying for walkers and wheelchair users, it’s a safety concern, especially at night when it’s hard to see vegetation. Nobody wants to make a trip to The Eye & Ear with “twig eye”!
If you need help to cut back your hedge, we can pass on contact details of a reliable local hedge-cutter.
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.
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.
As part of entering the Tidy Districts’ Competition, we have to design a board/poster highlighting all the various relevant activities during the year. This is the board for this year. Well done to all who help to keep the area looking so nice all year round.
We are asking all residents to cut back hedges and trees that are encroaching out onto the footpath. There are some hedges in our area that are causing problems for wheelchair users and for parents and minders with buggies with other small children in tow. We have received a few complaints about this, so please tackle your hedge! If you are unable to keep your hedge trimmed, please let us know, and we can co-ordinate a volunteer effort to get it cut back.
We will be approaching some residents over the coming weeks to discuss particular hedges that have raised complaints.
There was a big turn-out for our Spring Clean last Saturday. Friarsland Avenue was cleared of leaves and rubbish, Rosemount field cleaned up, the green was treated to a mini-makeover, the lane behind the shops was cleaned up, the Christmas tree lights were finally taken down (harder than you might think!), overhanging hedges and ivy were cut back in many places, verges were edged, roads swept, the lane cleaned between Farmhill Drive and Mt Carmel Road, and much much more.
Thanks to everyone who helped out on the morning, and over the whole weekend, the place looks great. Thanks too to Lynam’s for supplying the tasty sausage rolls, pastries and tea and coffee for the workers afterwards.
We will be holding a Spring Clean for the area over the weekend of the 6th and 7th April. A group will be meeting on the green outside the shops on Farmhill Road at 11am on Saturday morning.
If you want to start on your own area we can provide bags and gloves in advance. So there is literally no excuse not to do any cleaning around your area!
Some equipment will be provided, however if possible please bring gloves, clippers, rakes, spades, edgers, brushes, wheelbarrows and petrol mowers.
Tea and coffee will be provided after all the hard work. Free keep cups for helpers who would like one, (limited number available).
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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