A special request on Earth Day
Earth Day was first held on April 22nd 1970 and has been held annually since then. The aim of Earth Day is to promote environmental protection.
The theme this year is “Restore Our Earth” and it focusses on natural processes and emerging green technologies that can restore the world’s ecosystems.
One of those natural processes is pollination. However, according to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan “One third of our bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland. This is because we have drastically reduced the amount of food (flowers) and safe nesting sites in our landscapes.”
One way to address this is to delay mowing lawns and grass verges so that the early flowers of the daisies, dandelions, creeping buttercups and white clover get a chance to bloom and provide food for the bees and other pollinators.
By changing the mowing routine to start later in the year, reduce the frequency of the cut and increase the height of the cut, flowering plants in lawns and verges can create enough nectar for ten times more bees and other pollinators.
Clontarf Residents’ Association and Clontarf Tidy Towns are working with DCC to introduce no-mow areas in a number of locations around Clontarf. Further details to follow.