We have worked with various Tidy Towns Groups, schools and Youth Groups to create practical conservation projects for the participants. Here is a small selection. We would be delighted to help your group also.
School Pollinator Garden
We worked with a local school to create a pollinator garden from scratch and with no budget! The school staff were amazing and the children were involved in weeding, planting and designing and drawing pollinator signs for the garden. We designed the garden to maximise space for all pollinators. We used sloped soil for solitary bees, rocks for resting butterflies, evergreen perennials to allow for a winter friendly look also. Most of the plants used were sourced from local shops and families and were pollinator friendly.
A local school wanted to convert an area of waste ground into a wildflower area. We started by completely clearing the area of weeds and stones then we designed what we wanted the space to look like. A local Men’s Shed made the insect hotel and school children sourced free wildlife friendly items like tubes, hollow bricks and logs for the logpile. Only native Irish wildflower seed was used.
Lots of schools have raised beds but don’t know what to do with them. We work with schools to show children how to prepare these beds, maintain them and what vegetables, fruits, herbs and pollinator friendly flowers can grow easily.
Small Pollinator Patch
Many people live in apartments or small semi detached homes. We have created a small patch to illustrate how easy it is to have a beautiful and functional small pollinator space. Use of vertical space and pots is an easy option. It is good to start off with a plan or design that allows for evergreens, plants of all sizes and most importantly, to have flowering plants throughout the pollinator season; February to November.