Nenagh Tidy Towns Committee has embarked on a new enhancement project with the support of the local community.
The project focuses on the entrance to Nenagh Recycling Centre on the Limerick Road.
The Tidy Towns committee aims to improve the appearance of the area with the help of other groups including the local Men’s Shed and Nenagh Boys Brigade. The project is part of the 2013 Newspaper Community Project supported by the Nenagh Guardian.
The plan involves the planting of a hedgerow to screen fencing at the entrance to the recylcing centre/council machinery yard. New trees are being planted at the grassland entrance, and bulbs for a range of flowers including bluebells, snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils are to be planted in the autumn.
A seating area is also planned, and some material from the recycling yard will be used in the project where possible, reinforcing the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ ethos.
An intriguing addition to the project is a ‘bug hotel’, which is already in place at the site. Assembled from wooden pallets and foliage, the hotel has plenty of guests booked in for the summer.
There is also a home for hedgehogs at the site, and there are plans to install a bird nesting box – to be assembled by a local voluntary group – there too.
Nuala Kennedy of Nenagh Tidy Towns Committee said the project presents a chance to improve the general appearance of the site, and gives Nenagh the opportunity to fare better in the national Tidy Towns competition. While performing well in other areas, the town has scored low in the Wildlife & Natural Amenities category of the competition in recent years.
The category is worth a total of 50 marks, and Ms Kennedy said the Limerick Road project gives Nenagh the chance to aspire to maximum marks in that category.
She said anyone in the community is welcome to come along and help the committee with the project, which Ms Kennedy added is of educational benefit to kids, and could tie in with Nenagh’s walking and cycle route.
The Tidy Towns committee meets up every Tuesday night outside the Railway Bar at 7.30pm.
Among the volunteers assisting the committee is the recently formed Men’s Shed group. Originally established by the local Áras Folláin community centre, the Men’s Shed offers men the opportunity to get together and have a chat over a cup of tea or coffee or get involved in voluntary community work, such as the Tidy Towns’ Limerick Road project.
The group meets three or four times per week at the Railway Bar. Contact Liam Morrissey on 085-1395992 for more information.
The involvement of The Guardian in this community initiative is a central theme for Local Newspaper Week ’13. 51 local newspapers throughout Ireland are the champions/coordinators of community projects that will create a sense of pride and motivation within each newspaper’s catchment area. As has always been the case, The Guardian is glad to be involved in a project that, with local community action, can transform the environment/social/business activity of the area.
The award-winning architect and well known TV presenter Duncan Stewart will chair the judging process and will be assisted by judges from provincial regions. The Guardian, together with the other newspapers have organised an awards ceremony to celebrate the best community projects from all over Ireland and this is expected to take place in Aras an Uachtarain in September.