Let’s Bee Friendly in Wexford

Wexford Tidy Towns “Let’s Bee Friendly” biodiversity campaign was launched this year by the biodiversity committee of Wexford Tidy Towns and supported by Wexford County Council as an action under the Wexford County Biodiversity Action Plan 2013-2018. The aim was to encourage everyone to keep under-threat pollinators like bees in mind when planting and looking after our gardens. Learn more about how you can help from these gardening tips and you are encouraged to make a pledge on the “Let’s Bee Friendly” campaign page to let Wexford Tidy Towns know how you did or are helping our bees.

 

Wexford in Bloom helped by providing lots of flowers again this year around Wexford town, for both the people and the bees to enjoy! Below is some photos of the Bees enjoying the Wexford in Bloom flowers.

 

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WIB Competition 2014 Judging

The Wexford in Bloom Competition judging took place from Monday the 14th July to Friday the 25th July inclusive with all schools judged in June due to access purposes. Judges this year were Mr Chris Maddock from Teagasc, accompanied by PhD students Leanne Roche, Mary Harty and Ian Fox. There was a great selection of gardens for our judges to see this year as people in the community showed off their gardening skills. Well done to everyone who entered we were very impressed. Wexford in Bloom will announce the outcome of the competition and awards at a later point check back here at wexfordinbloom.com

 

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One of Wexford in Bloom’s aims is to promote and encourage people’s interest in the environment and help support the Wexford Tidy Towns Biodiversity Campaign “Let’s Bee Friendly” by helping feed the bees over the summer months. Pledge Your Support by planting some of the recommended pollinator friendly flowers in your garden or following some of the gardening tips to help our bees.

Wexford in Bloom Competition 2014

The Wexford in Bloom Committee is delighted to announce that it’s that time of year again, time to show off your gardening skills by entering our Wexford in Bloom Competition 2014 which was recently launched by the committee. There will be an entry fee this year but the committee have endeavoured to keep it as low as possible to encourage people to participate in this annual event. Entry fees for categories are as follows;

  • Small Domestic Garden – €5
  • Large Domestic Garden – €5
  • Housing Estate/Street – €10
  • Shop front – €10
  • Pub / Courtyard / Beer Garden – €10
  • B&B/Guest House – €10
  • Hotel – €15
  • Schools/community projects are free

Wexford in Bloom would like to encourage people from town and as far as the ring road areas to enter the competition. Application forms are available from Wexford Credit Union Office, Wexford Municipal District Office, Spawell Road, Wexford County Council Reception, Carricklawn, Wexford Town Library, Hassetts Pharmacy, North Main Street, Pettits SuperValu, Key West, Pettits Supervalu, St. Aidan’s Shopping Centre, Dunnes Stores, Redmond Square, Selskar Book Shop, Wexford Book Centre. You can also download an entry form from the website here.

Closing date for entries is Friday 4th of July 2014. Judging will take place from Monday the 14th July to Friday the 25th July inclusive but all schools will be judged in June for access purposes. Judges this year are Mr Chris Maddock from Teagasc, accompanied by PhD students Leanne Roche, Mary Harty and Ian Fox. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the participants of the competition along with our sponsors Wexford Credit Union, and Wexford Municipal District, Wexford County Council.

This year the Wexford in Bloom committee worked hand in hand with most of the businesses on the main street who committed to place baskets/tubs outside their premises. We worked with the people in the Faythe and William Street who were also eager to light up their areas with multicoloured Blooms. Wexford in Bloom had the pleasure of flowering up the Bullring thanks to DoneDeal, who kindly donated the funds. We would also like to thank Wexford Tidy Towns, Wexford Municipal District Council for their help and commitment to the project and Beechdale garden centre for nurturing and caring for all of our beautiful flowers.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is involved with the flowering of Wexford town and its environs’. Have a beautiful fragrant summer.

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Wexford in Bloom Flowering 2014

The Wexford in Bloom Committee had a busy week getting the baskets and boxes delivered to all the retailers who were taking part this year. All flower baskets and boxes are now up, which involved delivery of over 185 hanging baskets and 35 window boxes to retailers’ premises thanks to everyone who took part. Wexford in bloom are also helping in organizing the planting of public flower beds and some residential areas around Wexford town.
 
Each year the committee contact all the retailers in Wexford Town and invite them to take part by ordering hanging baskets or window boxes and with the help and support of Wexford Council and Wexford Credit Union and the participation of the Wexford in Bloom Committee, the town of Wexford is transformed and is enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. All plants are sourced for Wexford in Bloom by Olga and Joe from Beechdale Nurseries, Clonroche, and we would like to thank them for all their help and advice.
 
So keep an eye out for the beautiful looking floral displays around the town, which enhance the hard work Wexford Tidy Towns group and Council are doing to keep Wexford clean and beautiful. You can win a flower basket of your very own by liking the Wexford in Bloom Facebook page and sharing this photo.

Thank You to Done Deal

We would like to say a big thank you to the lovely people at Done Deal for donating €500 to Wexford in Bloom 2014, this means the Bullring will look amazing this year thanks to them. We really appreciated their donation. The flowering of the retailers and local areas will also be happening in the coming weeks keep an eye out for the floral arrangements and displays that adorn our town in the Summer!

Wexford in Bloom 2014 Launch

Wexford in Bloom was launched for 2014 by Mayor George Lawlor on Wednesday 30th of April in the Faythe. We are looking forward to the summer months as we have been working with the local retailers to organise flower baskets for them and are targeting other local areas in the town with flower. You will see the lovely floral displays that adorn Wexford Town in the Summer making an appearance in the coming weeks. The Wexford in Bloom committee also are currently organising the details of the 2014 Wexford in Bloom Competition and we will update all the details about how you can enter on the website once they are finalised. We always get a great response from the community and we know people love the competition and flowering of the local community through the retailers and community areas. Thank you to everyone who entered the competition last year and we hope to see you enter again this year too! There are some beautiful gardens and community areas in Wexford and we love getting to see them. We would also like to highlight the 1798 Street Gardens which were planted last year and are really coming to life now.

 

Let’s Bee Friendly Campaign

Wexford in Bloom would like to bring your attention to a biodiversity campaign that Wexford Tidy Towns are running this year. On Thursday the 10th April 2014, there was a large attendance at the new Wexford Town Library for the launch of the “Let’s Bee Friendly” campaign. The ‘Let’s Bee friendly’ campaign is, being jointly launched by Wexford Tidy Towns Biodiversity Group supported by Wexford County Council as an action under the Wexford County Biodiversity Action Plan 2013-218, which is aimed at helping safeguard Ireland’s bees and other under-threat pollinators. Throughout 2014 the ‘Let’s Bee friendly’ campaign is helping schools and public areas such as libraries, parks, community gardens etc. to establish pollinator friendly gardens and wildflower meadows through encouraging the planting of suitable nectar plants to flower for as much of the year as possible. The idea is simply to ask people to plant some “bee friendly” shrubs and flowers in their gardens.

Bees are the most important pollinating insect because they visit flowers to collect food for their larvae, as well as feeding on floral resources as adults. In Ireland crops such as apples, clover, strawberries and oilseed rape all benefit from pollination and a recent study from the Department of the Environment valued this ‘ecosystem service’ that bees provide at €85m a year to the economy. Of the 100 crops that provide 90% of the world’s food supply, 71 of these crops are pollinated by bees. There are colourful brochures with advice on the different plants, including daffodils, willows, heathers, rosemary, lavender etc., which are available at all local gardening stockists and which are bee friendly as well as tips on how you can help the bees.

Getting Ready for Wexford in Bloom 2014

The Wexford in Bloom committee are hard at work arranging the details for Wexford in Bloom 2014. We will keep you posted here on updates to our upcoming activities and events. Wexford in Bloom will have the town looking beautiful with floral displays around the town in the next few months, enhancing the hard work Wexford Tidy Towns group and Council are doing to keep Wexford clean and beautiful. We look forward to the retailers, residents and the community getting involved in this wonderful project that gets the town looking at its best.
 

Wexford Business Expo 2013

Wexford in Bloom along with other on-going environmental programs and initiatives in the town was represented at the Wexford Tidy Towns stand at the Wexford Business Expo. This was held in Whites Hotel on Thursday 10th of October 2013, from 2pm to 8pm, with over 80 other exhibitors. It was free to enter and was great to meet our supporters there, see some new faces and spread the word on the work we do. It was a great success, more information on the Expo can be found here.
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Wexford in Bloom Awards Ceremony 2013

A lovely evening was had by all who attended the Wexford in Bloom Awards Ceremony 2013 on Thursday night last 19th September. The Ceremony was hosted by Wexford Credit Union at their premises in Anne Street.  Awards were presented to the Winners of the Wexford in Bloom Competition which this year received over 100 entries! The Wexford in Bloom Committee was delighted with the huge response to the competition.  Over 50 prizes were presented ranging from Special Committee Awards to Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Highly Commended.  The large crowd in attendance was mesmerized by the beautiful screen display showing photographic stills of the winners and all entries in the Competition compiled by Phil & PJ Murphy with photographs supplied by Pamela Dore, Kevin Hurley, Chris Culleton and Phil Murphy all committee members.

The Awards

(Wexford in Bloom Awards)

 

The Chairperson of Wexford in Bloom Helen Corish-Wylde congratulated all the winners and participants who worked so hard to make Wexford Town and environs a more beautiful place to live in and a unique town for our tourists to visit and enjoy.  She added that their floral displays and environmental projects reflect the positive community spirit that is alive and flourishing in Wexford.  The Deputy Mayor Cllr. Joe Ryan, who is a member of the Wexford in Bloom Committee, also congratulated all who helped to make our town more beautiful and enhance our environment. He also paid tribute to his fellow committee members for their contribution to Wexford Town.

 

The Judges were – Cliona Connolly, Environmental Officer, Wexford County Council , who judged the Primary Schools. Chris Maddock and Leanne Roche, both from Teagasc, Johnstown Castle, who judged all the other categories in the Competition.   The judges felt it was a privilege and an honour to have had such a wonderful experience visiting so many beautiful places and meeting such inspiring people. They were very impressed by the high standard of all the entries. Their dedication, patience and hard work are greatly appreciated by the Wexford in Bloom Committee.

 

The Sponsors of Wexford in Bloom are: Wexford Credit Union, Wexford Borough Council, Wexford County Council, Rapid.  Their ongoing support and financial assistance is invaluable to our organisation and is also greatly appreciated.

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(Flowers at Wexford Credit Union)

 

Our thanks are also extended to Beechdale Nurseries, Clonroche for the beautiful flowers provided for our Wexford in Bloom Projects 2013:

The Flowering of the Main Street – Hanging Baskets and Window Boxes

The Window Box Projects in: The Faythe/Mary Street/ High Street  /Patrick’s Square.

 

Our many thanks to the Retailers and Residents who supported these projects, to Advance Cleaners for watering our plants where requested,  Hughes Monumentals  & Sons, Redmond Square for the beautifully crafted granite plaques given as prizes, Liz Coughlan for designing and printing our lovely certificates.

 

The Wexford in Bloom Committee wish to thank everyone who were involved in any way and to the management and staff of Wexford Credit Union for the lovely buffet they provided and served on the night.

 

Wexford in Bloom intend to have the Photographic Display of all entries on view in Wexford County Library in the very near future.

The Committee(Some of The Wexford in Bloom Committee on the night)