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Tidy Towns & Sustainability : A perspective from Ennis Tidy Towns

This talk by Ennis Tidy Towns addresses the Sustainable Development Goals – how you can think global but act local.

Ennis Tidy Towns were awarded the Sustainable Development Award 2021. We are delighted to hear them talk about their work and answer any questions that you may have. We feel it will be very beneficial for groups to hear first hand how Ennis have incorporated the goals into their everyday activities and actions.

Register here https://www.eventbrite.ie/x/think-global-act-local-how-to-incorporate-sustainable-development-goals-tickets-287719575997

Let Dandelions Bee!

Let Dandelions Bee! is a campaign to let dandelions bloom for a short few weeks to help feed bees this Spring. They are our wild bees’ most favourite food. Help halt the bee decline by simply leaving dandelions to grow in your garden this March and April.

The best way to help our bees this year is to do nothing!

If you have grass or lawn at home, give the mower a rest for 2 or 3 weeks while the first flush of dandelions come into bloom, usually in March or early April. For more information, see www.letdandelionsbee.ie or https://pollinators.ie/resources

Cherrymount Community NeighbourWoods

Earlier this month, Cherrymount was a hive of activity as volunteers planted 1,500 native Irish trees to create Cherrymount Community NeighbourWoods, converting one acre of the green area adjacent to John’s River in Waterford City into what will become an urban woodland.

Deputy Mayor of the Metropolitan District, Cllr. Jason Murphy lent his support to the tree planting campaign and commended the groups for creating an urban woodland, of which the benefits will be enjoyed by future generations.

THIS WEEK: Litter management workshop for Tidy Towns members

Waterford City & County Council are delighted to offer this innovative litter management workshop to all Tidy Towns members, Residents Associations and All those who wish to tackle local litter more effectively. The workshop will take approx 1 – 1.5 hours. This session is interactive and so is not recorded. If you would like to attend you need to be available on Wednesday March 23rd at 7pm.

Topics covered will include:

1.    Litter Analysis for different areas

2.    Litter.ie resources available

3.    Tackling the litter at source

4.    Approaching local businesses for support

5.    Graffiti hot spots and easy fixes

6.    Litter Awareness Workshops you can run

7.    Questions and Answers

Tidy Towns seminars 2022

Waterford City & County Council and Wexford County Council host a short series of talks to help Tidy Towns groups in the 2022 competition, from planting for pollinators, litter management training and applying the Sustainable Development Goals.


Wednesday 6th April 1pm – Tidy Towns & Sustainability a perspective from Ennis Tidy Towns

This talk by Ennis Tidy Towns addresses the Sustainable Development Goals – how you can think global but act local.

Ennis Tidy Towns were awarded the Sustainable Development Award 2021. We are delighted to hear them talk about their work and answer any questions that you may have. We feel it will be very beneficial for groups to hear first hand how Ennis have incorporated the goals into their everyday activities and actions.

Register here https://www.eventbrite.ie/x/think-global-act-local-how-to-incorporate-sustainable-development-goals-tickets-287719575997


Wednesday 13th April 1pm – What Tidy Towns can do to help pollinators

This talk, led by the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, will give you a clear idea of what your Tidy Town can do to help pollinators – and what to avoid doing – no matter the size of your community.

You will also learn about some of the great work that Tidy Towns have done in previous years for the Pollinator Award and find out about the free resources that can help you develop plans with your own group.

Register here https://www.eventbrite.ie/x/what-can-tidy-towns-do-to-help-pollinators-tickets-289411055257


Wednesday 27th April 1 pm – Tidy Towns Special Awards 2022

This talk led by John Carney, Higher Executive Officer Tidy Towns Unit  will give valuable insights into this year’s special awards.

Register here https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tidy-towns-competition-special-awards-tickets-292306144547

‘Climate Action – What can I do?’ Series of FREE online talks

Europe Direct Waterford, Waterford Libraries and Waterford City and County Council’s Environment Department have joined forces to host a week of free online events from March 21st to March 26th.  The events will explore what action we can all take to contribute to the Waterford and National Climate Action Plans to create a better local and national environment for the present and the future.

The European Commission’s proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 sets Europe on a responsible path to becoming climate neutral by 2050.  All sectors of the economy and society can contribute, join us to find out how we can come together to achieve this goal.  All talks are free but booking is essential. All can be booked on the Europe Direct Waterford Eventbrite page or find out more at www.waterfordlibraries.ie

Monday 21 March online 7pm – 8pm Live Furniture up-cycling workshop with Marianne Heaphy from The Revamp Tramp

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/live-furniture-upcycling-workshop-tickets-294547077237

Lunchtime lectures:

Active Travel – Are our Communities ready?

A Talk by James Murray (Senior Engineer, Waterford City & County Council) on how Active Travel can impact climate change through schemes like Permeability measures in local communities

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/active-travel-are-our-communities-ready-tickets-294603054667

21 March 1pm – 1:30pm

The impact of climate change on coastal heritage: some examples from the Waterford coast

A Talk by Dr Edward Pollard archaeological researcher on the CHERISH Project based at The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology and Innovation Ireland in Dublin.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-impact-of-climate-change-on-waterfords-coastal-heritage-tickets-271410344647

Tuesday 22 March 1pm – 1:30pm

What can I do to help the pollinators?

A Talk by Kate Chandler from the National Biodiversity Data Centre

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/what-can-i-do-to-help-pollinators-tickets-294407941077

Wednesday 23 March 1pm – 1:30pm

Wildflower Workshop with Horticulturist Aoife Munn

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/wildflower-workshop-with-horticulturist-aoife-munn-tickets-294540367167

Thursday 24 March 1pm – 1:30pm

Grow your own Food – How to get started with GIY’s Mick Kelly

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/growing-your-own-food-how-to-get-started-with-giys-michael-kelly-tickets-294505091657

Friday 25 March 1pm – 1:30pm

The CHERISH EXHIBITION will run in the Index Gallery, Central Library from March 14th to April 2nd.  CHERISH is a team of archaeologists, geologists and geographers studying the effects of climate change on coastal and maritime heritage in Ireland and Wales. From the skies, at the coast edge, and beneath the waves they are using the latest technologies including planes, drones and sonar to carry out research. They are monitoring recent and long-term change to reveal the past and present impacts of weather and climate on our rich cultural heritage.

The work of CHERISH involves investigating archaeological sites and environments around our coasts including shipwrecks, promontory forts, wetlands and sand dunes. The twenty-nine promontory forts on Waterford’s Copper Coast have been a focus of CHERISH Project research.  The CHERISH Project is funded through the Ireland-Wales Programme 2014-2020, part of the European Regional Development Fund, which focuses on seeking solutions to shared challenges on both sides of the Irish Sea. The project will receive €4.9 million, and will run until June 2023.  To find out more visit www.CHERISHProject.eu

Climate action is at the heart of the European Green Deal, an ambitious package of measures ranging from ambitiously cutting greenhouse gas emissions, to investing in cutting-edge research and innovation, to preserving Europe’s natural environment.  Fighting climate change and achieving the transition to a climate-neutral society will require significant investments, research and innovation, new ways of producing and consuming, and changes in the way we work, use transport and live together. Join us during our Climate Action Week to find out what you can do.

The Europe Direct Waterford Centre is based in Central Library in Waterford City. It is part of a community of 424 Europe Direct centres around Europe whose purpose is to reinforce the important connection between EU institutions and citizens.

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For more information contact:

Sinead O’Higgins, Manager, Central Library and Europe Direct Waterford
sohiggins@waterfordcouncil.ie
087 3637119

REMINDER: Litter management workshop for Tidy Towns members

Waterford City & County Council are delighted to offer this innovative litter management workshop to all Tidy Towns members, Residents Associations and All those who wish to tackle local litter more effectively. The workshop will take approx 1 – 1.5 hours. This session is interactive and so is not recorded. If you would like to attend you need to be available on Wednesday March 23rd at 7pm.

Topics covered will include:

1.    Litter Analysis for different areas

2.    Litter.ie resources available

3.    Tackling the litter at source

4.    Approaching local businesses for support

5.    Graffiti hot spots and easy fixes

6.    Litter Awareness Workshops you can run

7.    Questions and Answers

‘NeighbourWoods’ Tree-Planting for a more sustainable future

Cherrymount was a hive of activity on Saturday last as volunteers, both young and young at heart, planted 1,500 native Irish trees to create Cherrymount Community NeighbourWoods. 

Following on from the successful planting of a similar number of trees at Carriganore in 2021, Waterford Comhairle na nÓg, Waterford and South Tipperary Community Youth Service’s Be Environmental! Erasmus+ Project and the Forestry Department at Waterford Institute of Technology, were joined this year by Waterford City and County Council and Waterford Lions Club in converting one acre of the green area adjacent to John’s River in Waterford City into what will become an urban woodland.

Deputy Mayor of the Metropolitan District, Cllr. Jason Murphy lent his support to the tree planting campaign and commended the groups for creating an urban woodland, of which the benefits will be enjoyed by future generations.

The tree planting programme not only aims to enhance the natural landscape with native tree species, but will also have a positive impact on the environment and biodiversity, by encouraging a healthy ecosystem through the re-introduction of a wide range of plants in a relatively urban setting.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, “Native woodlands are an important part of Ireland’s natural, historical and cultural heritage, and are unique in terms of their biodiversity.”

With that in mind, a wide range of native Irish tree species, including alder, downy birch, hawthorn, hazel and rowan trees was planted on the Cherrymount site.

Cllr. Murphy said, “There is no doubt that planting trees in urban areas contributes to so many positives to any community.  From improving air quality, to getting the community together to create a wonderful legacy and giving the younger residents of the estate the unbridled joy of exploring in a woodland area on their very own doorstep.”

“It also heartening to see so much support from local businesses and the wider community, who have supported this great initiative with their time, energy, resources and funding.  I’d like to thank TEVA for their continuous support and Coillte for providing these beautiful native trees.”

Ms. Penny Nordell, President of Waterford Lions Club said this NeighbourWoods scheme is very much in keeping with the Lions Club “Waterford Trees for Life” project which this year has seen over 70 standard trees planted in more than a dozen locations throughout the City particularly in school grounds.

The community project has also been developed to promote positive physical and mental health and give younger people the opportunity to affect real positive change and connect with their peers in a meaningful way after the pandemic.

Also, as part of an innovative lockdown project, Waterford Comhairle na nOg developed an app ‘CommuniTree’, which helps young people to stay connected and to complete environmental challenges to help their digital tree grow.  The more trees that were grown digitally resulted in more trees being planted for NeighbourWoods.

Etse Oshiogwemoh, Chairperson of Comhairle for 2022 said, “In Comhairle we feel a native tree trail is important for a number of reasons.  It helps to embrace and encourage the natural ecosystem and promotes a sustainable future for our community, from which we all benefit.”

The CommuniTree app is available on Google Playstore and Apple App Store.

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Images:  Waterford in Your Pocket

Let Dandelions Bee!

Let Dandelions Bee! is a campaign to let dandelions bloom for a short few weeks to help feed bees this Spring. They are our wild bees’ most favourite food. Help halt the bee decline by simply leaving dandelions to grow in your garden this March and April.

The best way to help our bees this year is to do nothing!

If you have grass or lawn at home, give the mower a rest for 2 or 3 weeks while the first flush of dandelions come into bloom, usually in March or early April. For more information, see www.letdandelionsbee.ie or https://pollinators.ie/resources

Tramore Tidy Towns nominated for ‘Best Kept’ award

Tramore, a silver medallist in the National SuperValu Tidy Towns competition 2021, is one of eight locations in the Republic nominated to compete with locations across Northern Ireland for the “Best Kept” 2022 All-Island title.

The ‘Best Kept’ competition is run by the Northern Ireland Amenity Council and the Department of the Environment and Local Government. Ireland’s Best Kept Towns award is where the top towns from the Northern Ireland Amenity Council’s Best Kept Awards and the Department of the Environment’s Tidy Towns Competition compete with each other for the honour of being adjudged “Ireland’s Best”.

During the month of May unannounced judging will take place and will see the town of Tramore marked across a variety of categories based on presentation of buildings, appearance of approach roads, streets and public areas, presentation of natural environment, residential area, tidiness and more.

Mayor of Waterford City & County, Cllr. Joe Kelly congratulated the Tramore Tidy Towns group by saying “This is a fantastic achievement for the Tramore Tidy Towns group, and for the people of Tramore. The Tidy Towns group have done phenomenal work since their inception, and were rewarded with a Silver medal in the Tidy Towns competition. It is testament to their hard work, dedication and commitment to Tramore, that the town has now been nominated for a ‘Best Kept’ award”. Cllr. Kelly went on to say that “I have no doubt that you will again represent Tramore well, and I hope that the people of Tramore will get on-board with this, and that the greater community will get involved in making Tramore one of Ireland’s Best Kept places”.

Ann Cheasty, Chairperson of Tramore Tidy Towns explains that “although the town secured a silver medal in the 2021 National SuperValu Tidy Towns competition we need an ongoing community effort to retain the high standards we have set for the town. It is a great honour for Tramore to be nominated for the All-Island competition, and we look forward to seeing people from all levels of the community helping us to keep Tramore clean, tidy and well-presented in advance of the arrival of the judges in May. We would also like to thank the maintenance staff of Waterford City & County Council and particularly Ray Hogan and his team in Tramore, with whom we worked closely to achieve the high standards”.

The other nominations from the Republic of Ireland for 2022 are Abbey in Co. Galway, Inistioge in Co. Kilkenny, Abbeyleix in Co. Laois, Birr in Co. Offaly, Raheny in Dublin, Athlone in Co. Westmeath and Dundalk in Co. Louth.

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Litter management workshop for Tidy Towns members

Waterford City & County Council are delighted to offer this innovative litter management workshop to all Tidy Towns members, Residents Associations and All those who wish to tackle local litter more effectively. The workshop will take approx 1 – 1.5 hours. This session is interactive and so is not recorded. If you would like to attend you need to be available on Wednesday March 23rd at 7pm.

Topics covered will include:

1.    Litter Analysis for different areas

2.    Litter.ie resources available

3.    Tackling the litter at source

4.    Approaching local businesses for support

5.    Graffiti hot spots and easy fixes

6.    Litter Awareness Workshops you can run

7.    Questions and Answers

Portalis – exploring the earliest connection between Ireland and Wales

The €1.95 million project aims to raise awareness, protect shared cultural and natural heritage and support sustainable engagement, establishing two new experiential tourism and cultural cross-border networks.

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)’s School of Humanities leads a new trans-disciplinary pilot project exploring the earliest connection between Ireland and Wales. Portalis maps the story of the first human journey between Ireland and Wales dating back to the Mesolithic period, in the context of contemporary resilience and climate adaption for both local coastal communities and their visitors.

New visitor experience

This is achieved by consolidating existing evidence with new data to develop a powerful new cross-border narrative, accessible within a new visitor experience at Waterford Museum of Treasures, Ireland, and Ceredigion Museum, Wales. The €1.95 million project aims to raise awareness and support community and business sustainable engagement, resulting in the establishment of two new experiential tourism and cultural networks in both Ireland and Wales.

Historic connections between Ireland and Wales

The Irish Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath, TD, said:

“There are special and interlinked historic, cultural, academic and economic bonds linking communities in Ireland and Wales across the Irish Sea. This Sea is not a barrier but rather a shared space and a link between peoples. In developing this project to create a new narrative, I wish the Portalis Project every success and congratulate the partners on accessing funding from the 2014-2020 Ireland Wales Cooperation Programme. The approach of utilising traditional archaeological techniques in combination with digital technologies while closely involving local communities to highlight our shared natural and cultural heritage is to be commended and is well worthy of support. Like all other projects funded under this EU Programme it acts as a visible symbol of the ongoing close cooperation between Wales and the South East of Ireland.”

Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Welsh Government, Dawn Bowden, commented: “We welcome the development of projects that will strengthen our relationships with our closest European neighbour, and this project will provide a fascinating insight into exploring the earliest connections between Ireland and Wales.”

Ireland Wales Cooperation programme

Supported by €1.5m from by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Cooperation programme, the project consists of four partners, Lead Partner Waterford Institute of Technology and Operation Partners University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Ceredigion County Council, and Waterford Chamber of Commerce.

The Ireland Wales 2014-2020 European Territorial Co-operation (ETC) programme is a maritime programme connecting businesses and communities on the West coast of Wales with the South-East coast of Ireland. The programme focuses on seeking solutions to shared challenges including adaption of the Irish Sea and coastal communities to climate change, and cultural and natural resources and heritage.

20-month project

The 20-month project commencing in February features a range of different techniques including drilled core sampling, excavation, lab analysis, citizen archaeology, visitor experience design with film and virtual reality, a new app with a 3D online exhibition, and tailored network development events and resources.

Dr Suzanne Denieffe, Head of School of Humanities at WIT said, “We are delighted to be leading the Portalis project. This project is important and timely in that it speaks to key Irish and Welsh strategy and policy documents and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The unique wealth of nationally important natural and cultural heritage sites within the joint operation jurisdiction, together with the outlined project activities, provides new cross border shared data, and this will in turn underpin further research.

The project also promotes healthy living by using coast and sea as an enabler for outdoor experiential heritage tourism activity, with the deployment of new innovative visitor experience design to enhance the cultural experience of the location while lowering the environmental impact.”

Business opportunities for coastal communities

According to Gerald Hurley, CEO Waterford Chamber: “As the largest business representative organisation in the region, Waterford Chamber is delighted to be partnering on such an important project. This has the potential to unlock the estuary in terms of business opportunities for the coastal communities and will add to Waterford’s extensive tourist offering. The historical significance, the magnificent scenery and the fascinating linkage with Wales is just waiting to be explored and this project will uncover just that.”

Joy Rooney, Portalis Senior Responsible Officer, (SRO), and Lecturer and Researcher in Design at WIT, added, “Portalis builds on over 40 years of research and 10,000 years of shared heritage. Portalis is design led, delivering a unique, compelling new cross-border visitor experience at two key museums and linked coastal community destination experience sites. Highly significant natural and cultural assets provide evidence of Mesolithic, (Early Stone Age), human habitation. As we explore the earliest connections between Welsh and Irish coastal civilizations, this mirrors the multi-agency cross-border partnership now being forged by our contemporary coastal communities into two distinct cross-border networks within the inter-coastal area. In terms of climate change, Portalis will also provide new data and models of best practice, examining the adaptability and resilience within both communities from our earliest times.”

Public archaeology and citizen scientist programmes

Both Irish and Welsh communities are invited to join the Portalis team in discovering and protecting shared cultural and natural heritage, contribute to new research exploring the challenges of coastal climate change through Public Archaeology and Citizen Scientist Programmes, and in doing so, help trace the footsteps of potentially the first journey and cultural connection between Wales and Ireland.

To find out more visit:

http://portalisproject.eu/

https://www.wit.ie/research/centres_and_groups/interreg_networks_and_initiatives/

ALERT: Kerosene odours – Are you affected ?

Waterford City and County Council have had several complaints in recent days  that kerosene odours are present in some houses and gardens in the following areas of Waterford City – the Glen, Ballybricken, Wellington Street, Francis Street. These kerosene odours are emanating from the sewer pipes in this general area.

We are asking all residents in these areas who have an oil central heating system to please urgently check the following:

  • Your Kerosene oil tank and feeder line/filter bowl to the oil boiler for any signs of leakage.
  •  Your oil boiler/heating appliance for any signs of leakage.

If you encounter any kerosene leakage in your property/garden, please take immediate steps to stop/control the leak and get the issue resolved by a qualified plumber.

If any person has any further information on where possibly this kerosene leak may be emanating from, then please contact our customers services department on 0818 10 20 20.

ALERT: Kerosene odours – Are you affected ?

Waterford City and County Council have had several complaints in recent days  that kerosene odours are present in some houses and gardens in the following areas of Waterford City – the Glen, Ballybricken, Wellington Street, Francis Street. These kerosene odours are emanating from the sewer pipes in this general area.

We are asking all residents in these areas who have an oil central heating system to please urgently check the following:

  • Your Kerosene oil tank and feeder line/filter bowl to the oil boiler for any signs of leakage.
  •  Your oil boiler/heating appliance for any signs of leakage.

If you encounter any kerosene leakage in your property/garden, please take immediate steps to stop/control the leak and get the issue resolved by a qualified plumber.

If any person has any further information on where possibly this kerosene leak may be emanating from, then please contact our customers services department on 0818 10 20 20.