Councils can play a leading role in making the island of Ireland a place where pollinators can survive and thrive. Waterford City & County Council have really embraced the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan since its inception in 2015. The Environment Section of the Council has committed to a Pollinator Work Programme and has undertaken a range of pollinator-friendly planting schemes in the City and County. Benefits to Councils that support the Pollinator Plan: – Enhancing the local landscape for pollinators supports local food producers. – Making the landscape more pollinator friendly protects the ability of local people to grow their own fruits & vegetables – Taking actions for pollinators will lead to general biodiversity enhancement. – Many of the actions in this guideline are either cost neutral or could lead to cost savings. – Many actions can be supported by the wider community such as Tidy Towns, Ulster in Bloom or by local or national NGOs. – Actions taken for pollinators can contribute to the Green Flag Award for parks under the sustainability, conservation and community involvement criteria. To help Councils to help pollinators, we’ve produced a new guideline called “Councils: actions to help pollinators.” We understand that each Council is different, so this guideline suggests a range of 30 pollinator friendly actions to choose from. There are instructions for each action, suggestions for where it might be applied and what staff could assist, and a pollinator friendly planting code.
To learn more about how Councils can help pollinators, to download the Council guidelines and our pollinator-friendly planting code, please visit www.pollinators.ie/councils
This video was created through Waterford County Council’s Creative Ireland Scheme. Filmed by Peter Cutler, http://crowcragproductions.com