National Tree Week – Celebrating Growth and Integration at Carrickmacross

As part of National Tree Week running from 2nd to 8th March 2014 members of the Tailte an Chlochair Community planted 3 silver birch trees, to celebrate integration within the community.

Tailte an Chlochair in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan was opened in 2006 and is an integrated estate containing 76 homes managed by Respond 65 Local Authority homes and 24 homes provided under the Affordable Housing scheme.

The planting of the 3 silver birch trees, symbolise the growth and integration of the three branches of community within the estate. The Birch is a symbol of renewal and regeneration as it is the first tree to come into leaf in Spring. The trees were planted adjacent to the wild flower border which residents created and planted last Autumn. Future planning and development for the wild flower area is to be discussed and planned at the next Environment Meeting taking place in the Carrickmacross Community Building on 12th April.

Thank you to the Carrickmacross cubs and their leaders and especially Anne-Marie Browne for their tremendous work.

The 3 new birch trees are in addition to last years’ 8 trees planted to mark each of the 8 years since the estate was established.

Wild Flower GardenOctober 2013

By Respond Resident Support Worker Margaret Tomany

As part of the Carrickmacross Tidy Towns project local residents from the Tailte an Chlochair estate and the town, including the local cubs group, got busy tidying, weeding and cultivating ground in October 2013.  It was agreed at a previous Environmental Group meeting to develop a wild flower section on the estate in order to widen the bio-diversity of the area in line with the Tidy Town judging criteria.

The make-over of the stretch of rough ground running along the wall of the estate was chosen. This area, which has a footpath, had kept our dedicated litter pickers very busy and it was hoped that development of this area might reduce the litter problem.

The addition of a wild flowers garden will increase the variety of flora in the area which in turn will increase the number and variety of birds bees, butterflies and other insects by providing a food store and nectar bar for their diet. This colourful creation should also help Tailte an Chlochair meet the bio-diversity criteria highlighted.

The area was quite difficult to cultivate and while those willing to try to do this were busy, the children, mixed the wildflower seeds with compost, carefully supervised by Ann Marie Browne, a dedicated volunteer. When the ground was prepared and ready for sowing the children created balls of composted and pelted the area with the “seed bombs” and then stomped them in with their feet.

Refreshments and games took place after the event and residents are waiting to see the results come Spring/Summer.

Posted March 2014