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Press release from Cllr Jodie Neary, issued on Wednesday, May 20th 2020 – World Bee Day…

Social Democrats Cllr Jodie Neary and Greystones Tidy Towns have today launched a collaborative project on World Bee Day to get people involved in the creation of a local Bee Route to cross the Greystones area.

A social distancing-friendly event has been organised to formally mark the launch this Saturday 23rd May at 11.30am in Burnaby Park, Greystones. Here, eager participants can collect their free Bee Route Starter Pack designed by Greystones Tidy Towns and which contain a Giant Russian sunflower seedling, a lavender plug and an information leaflet to get people started. All Greystones residents are encouraged to take part, especially children who can then plant their sunflower and lavender in a pollinator friendly patch in their gardens. A flowerpot will be provided for those who do not have garden space but who would still like to take part in creating a bee route.

Speaking on the project Cllr. Neary says, “I’m delighted to be launching this special project with Greystones Tidy Towns particularly on World Bee Day. Today offers us an opportunity to think about how local communities can do their bit to address the decline in pollinator numbers. The creation of a Bee Route traversing the local area is a great way to get the whole community involved and for the community to stay connected at a time when we are facing an altogether different kind of crisis with Covid-19.

“Participants will be invited to stay in touch over the summer months sending in photos documenting their blossoming pollinator patch. I hope to track people’s progress on a map, updated regularly so people can see how the bee route is taking shape. Residents Associations in Greystones are also invited to take part and will each get a Starter Pack to contribute to a pollinator patch in their own estates.

“I want to give a special mention to Deirdre Burns in Wicklow County Council who is doing great work in promoting biodiversity across the county. I also want to thank Marie McCooey and others in Greystones Tidy Towns and Junior Tidy Towns for their enthusiasm and hard work in getting this project off the ground. This work is in keeping with Greystones Tidy Towns plans to ensure planting within the town is carried out in a biodiversity friendly way. We also want this project to facilitate the existing work carried out by the Council and raise awareness of national biodiversity campaigns such as No Mow May and the Flower Insect Timed project on www.pollinator.ie. All going well I hope to then expand the project to include Delgany, Kilcoole and Newcastle once more seeds and Starter Packs become available. I hope that children as well as adults take pleasure in seeing their giant sunflowers grow up to 2.5 metres and the buzz from happy bees in the lavender.

“This is a fun and dynamic way for kids to appreciate our local biodiversity and as future guardians of our planet, they are best placed to appreciate all that nature provides us” concludes Cllr Neary.

Note: Young Neary and the Tidy Towns gang return on Saturday 30th at 11.30am – this time in Charlesland – with another batch of starter packs.