Tidy Towns Update
We are so aware that the work of keeping Inistioge a lovely place to live and visit is a community effort. We have a population of 260. In the Tidy Towns, we compete in the category which covers villages and small towns with a population of between 200 and 1,000. Everyone’s effort makes a difference and is appreciated, especially when it is done in the spirit of the pupils from St Colmcille’s School who painted the picnic tables and herb garden containers and declared ‘This isn’t a chore. This is fun!’
We await the Tidy Towns adjudicator’s assessment, but whatever the outcome we just want to say thanks to everyone who helped in getting so much done this year.
Work undertaken June 2013-May 2014
- Continual maintenance of our amenity areas The Square, The Millennium Garden, The River Park and Boat Slip and other grassed areas is carried out by our tireless FÁS workers.
- To commemorate the 50th year of Tidy Towns in Inistioge and to remember deceased members of Tidy Towns we have planted a semi-mature (15 ft high) oak tree on Thomastown Road approaching the village. A seat and plaque have also been erected.
- Cleanup and Replanting of Grove site on road to Woodstock has begun. This is a multi-year project. The area has been partially cleared of refuse and of invasive non-native species such as laurel and rhododendron. One area has been sown with wildlife-friendly plants such as cowslip and scabious. We intend to minimise our interventions, however, so that native woodland plants, such as bluebell, fern and ramsons will re-colonise the area.
- Inistioge Tidy Towns hosted an information meeting on the County Kilkenny Field Names Project on2nd April, 2014. As a result the field names of 14 local townlands are at present being recorded by 12 local volunteers.
- We maintain the Bring Bank on The Mill Road.
- The bridge has been cleaned of ash trees, ivy and valerian which were damaging the structure.
- The Boat Slip has been re-grassed, tress planted and flower bed restored after the damage caused by vandalism last year and the floods in February this year.
- Derelict garden at Hatchery Lane has been cleared and graveled and an ornamental tree sown.
- This year we have erected raised beds as a first step in the development of a Community Garden in the GAA grounds. These are being planted and cared for by members of our local Youth Group, Foroige, and the local Scout Troup in conjunction with Tidy Town volunteers.
- A small neighbourhood herb and salad garden at the Hundred Court, is being minded by residents of The Square, taking over from the Scouts who are upskilling to manage a raised bed at the Community Garden.
- The Dawn Chorus event in Woodstock was a great success, enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
- Two of our committee members attended an Irish Wildlife Trust workshop on 17th May 2014 relating to the first ladybird survey to be undertaken in this country. We have committed to doing three surveys in our local area
- Leading on from the publication of ‘A Guide to Inistioge’ we have entered a Historic Walking Tour of Inistioge as an event to take place during National Heritage Week 2014. It will take place on 31st August at 3.00 pm – 4.15 p.m. It will be led by Michael Tennyson.
- Inistioge in Bloom, a Front Garden Competition, was launched on 20th May to celebrate the unique gardens provided by businesses, individuals and families in the village.
- Window Boxes made by local wood worker have been provided for sills on the Square.
- We liaised with Kilkenny County Council Environmental Awareness Officer on a series of Food Waste Prevention Tips and Special Tips on general waste prevention at Christmas for inclusion on local website. All still available to view at www.inistioge.ie