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What’s happening to the garden at the rear of the church?

Many of you will have noticed that landscape gardeners have rotovated the grassed areas under the trees and have levelled the area with top soil. This is the first stage in the development of a biodiversity garden which has been made possible by generous funding from our parish resources.

The idea of developing a biodiversity garden (often referred to as a pollinator garden) was put forward by the parish Laudato Si Group. The group which was originally formed to read and reflect on Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Si”, which catalogues the environmental damage being done to the planet including the loss of biodiversity. The encyclical is an exhortation to all people of the world to take action to protect “our common home”.

The biodiversity garden is a community response to this call for action.

Information on the Laudato Si group including other environmental and spiritual initiatives undertaken by the group will be posted to the parish website in the near future.

The plan

We would like to plant as many flowers, plants and scrubs as possible during the current planting season. The key criterion is that they must all be recognised pollinators. For information on pollinators see the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan https://pollinators.ie/

In Ireland, we have one type of managed honey bee and 98 types of wild bee species all of which are vulnerable. We have a wonderful opportunity with this space to attract our precious and beautiful pollinators. You can help this community project in 3ways;

1. Advice

If you have any knowledge of plants and/or planting in general, we would be delighted to hear from you. We have opened an email address: [email protected] to facilitate communication.

2. Plants

Should you be thinning plants or would like to donate spare plants you have now or later please let us know and we will make arrangements for delivery. The following are regarded as good pollinators; (and with low maintenance requirements) heathers, Helleborus, Verbena, Salvia, Comfey, Stachys, Pulmonaria, Wallflower Aster, Catmint, Thyme, Rudbeckia, Oregano and Lavender.

3. Financial contributions

As you know plants are expensive! If you would like to help by making a contribution to the development of the garden, please place it in the safe in the Church. Envelopes are available on the tables at the back of the church marked “Biodiversity Garden”. All contributions no matter how small would be very much appreciated.

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