Wexford town wins top award

Published 12/05/2015 | 00:00

Celebrating Wexford's win (from left): Duncan Stewart, Michael John O'Mahony (An Taisce), Bridin Mulhall (Greening Communities Manager An Taisce), Phil Murphy, Denis Collins, and Susan Vickers (An Taisce).
Celebrating Wexford's win (from left): Duncan Stewart, Michael John O'Mahony (An Taisce), Bridin Mulhall (Greening Communities Manager An Taisce), Phil Murphy, Denis Collins, and Susan Vickers (An Taisce).

Wexford town scooped a top award at the first ever An Taisce Greening Communities awards.

Greening Communities provides a framework to recognise and celebrate a community that is striving towards a more sustainable way of living. Greening Communities has been working with progressive and proactive community groups and individuals for a number of years to celebrate, sustain and enhance sustainable living.

A spokesperson from the Wexford Town committee said: 'In a large town like Wexford there are many communities, voluntary groups, statutory agencies and individuals working on the Greening Agenda. It is often hard to get a sense of the achievements that we are making both individually and in working together.'

The three main principals of the campaign in Wexford centre around biodiversity, communication and litter and waste management.

In respect of biodiversity the group are involved in getting a number of areas within the town bee friendly and also offering advice to gardeners on the best pollinator friendly flowers. There is also an active composting project.

In terms of communication the group liaise closely with local media outlets to outline the work that is ongoing and also to look for volunteers. Social media has becoming an increasingly popular tool for the organisation. Other projects include the 1798 Park, an 'ant hotel' at Redmond Park, the Swift Project and dealing with invasive species like Japanese Knotweed

To find out about the activities undertaken by Wexford town to win this award, visit http://greeningcommunities.org/category/wexford-town

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