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County Mayor's Diary Cllr

Wednesday, 30th October, 2019 4:39pm

By Mayor of Cork Cllr Christopher O'Sullivan

As you will be aware Cork County Council is responsible for many public parks and one of our most visible duties is grass cutting, but last week I welcomed a different more natural approach in East Cork!

Last week, we marked the first season of the Midleton Meadow.

One-third of Ireland’s bee species are threatened with extinction. Local authorities have a leading role to play in reducing this decline. With this in mind five acres of the existing public park, adjacent to our East Cork Municipal District offices at Midleton Lodge, have gone unmown to create a flagship natural meadow. The long grass now contains plenty of pollen and nectar-rich flowers like the hay meadows of old, providing food and nesting areas for pollinators such as bees.

I believe that public parks and open spaces in the care of the Council play an important role in increasing connectivity between pollinator-friendly sites in the wider countryside. I would encourage everybody, community groups, schools and individuals, to help create pollinator-friendly zones wherever they can. From window boxes to meadows, you can find lots of information on pollinators.ie on how to create your own meadow. I also invite you to visit Midleton to see, first-hand, the beautiful results that are possible.

Staying with the matters environmental, ReUse Republic returned to Cork County Hall recently to show how we can all help in our reusing efforts.

This was the third year of showcasing the successful upcycling and reusing that is taking place across County Cork. 30 eco-friendly exhibitors set out their stalls and explained their positive work throughout the day. Craftspeople from the Front Porch Macroom and Sue Gifford Design of Castletownroche recreated beautiful pieces of old furniture. The Twig Refill shop, from my hometown of Clonakilty, demonstrated innovative ways of avoiding single-use plastics such as switching to metal straws, and wooden cutlery.

Meanwhile, beautiful aromas of cooking filled the County Hall foyer as the celebrity chef, food-writer and blogger Lilly Higgins cooked up a selection of exciting dishes. Lilly shared practical time-saving tips and tricks on how to save money by repurposing leftovers.

Throughout the day, guests contributed clothes for what proved to be a very popular swap-shop, allowing participants to get rid of unwanted clothing.

Overall, the ReUse exhibitors showcased how we can incorporate sustainability into our daily lives. I encourage you to support the many incredible businesses, voluntary organisations and individuals out there who are finding ways to walk softly on this planet.

Every step counts.

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