Sun shines brightly on the work of Ballincollig Tidy Towns volunteers

With the continuing fine weather last Sunday saw twenty five volunteers out for the weekly hour litter pick. Seventeen bags were collected four of which consisted of recyclable materials. Taking advantage of the beautiful sunshine the volunteers sat al fresco for their weekly cuppa at the Oriel House Hotel. A number of volunteers carried out several litter picks during the week. This is necessary because of birds pulling rubbish out of bins or people dropping rubbish on the street this makes the place look unsightly.

The workload has increased dramatically due to the exceptionally hot weather and the usual two work evenings have increased to the volunteers out every evening. Over fifty volunteers put in over seventy hours work on various projects. From caring for the summer flowers and watering them as well as watering all the existing beds to watering and deadheading all baskets as well. Our Water Harvesting of over 12,000 litres of water from Scoil Barras roof has been our main source of water for watering and all the planters have reservoirs which reduces the amount of water used. If it wasn’t for the kindness of John O’Donovan of O’Donovan Agri Services offering the use of a watering unit to add to our own unit, we would be under pressure to be able to cover all the watering. A shout out to The Oriel House Hotel for their kind gesture having the volunteers join them for an ice cream and homemade lemonade prior to their work evening during the week.

It’s Garden Competitions time again, kindly sponsored by Ballincollig Credit Union with generous prizes to be won. The categories are for Best Front Garden, Best Hanging Basket, Best Window Box and Best Garden Tub. There is also a Best Commercial Floral Display category. Entry forms are available to download on or from Ballincollig Credit Union.

We would like if new volunteers would come join us to help in any way they can, with our ongoing projects. Each volunteer brings his or her own something to the group and every bit of help makes a difference going forward. Can you spare some time? If so please call Pat Clark on (087) 6348807. For more news please check out our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter (@BallincolligTT). We can also be contacted at and on (087) 6348807.