Rolling Out “Gardening for Biodiversity’ like a sod of turf grass!

Following on from my recent (March 2016) successful ‘Gardening for Biodiversity‘ informal talks in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, I am rolling them out on a regional basis into Wexford, Carlow and the rest of Wicklow. Indeed I was invited by Monaseed Community Group in North Wexford to give a condensed version covering gardening for pollinators, wildflower gardening and trees for wildlife. This was held during Ireland’s Biodiversity Week (May 2016).

I can adapt the tried and tested series of 5 informal talks so they meet the needs of community groups , garden centres and organisations. I am also willing to give groups a taster and at a later stage I can help groups to apply for funding. Community grants and Local Agenda 21 Environmental grants through county councils may be suitable to help fund these talks.


Easter Rising Commemoration for the Civilians

Tinahely Remembers the Civilians Who Died During The Easter Rising

Last weekend I completed working closely with Tinahely’s Tidy Town’s and community on a very special but simple and evocative Easter Rising commemoration project for the civilians who died. Having worked in the horticultural and floristry background in the past, I have had close contact with helping family and friends celebrate and remember their loved ones’ lives and passings through plants and floral tributes.

There is a long tradition going back centuries if not thousands of years whereby flowers are laid on a loved one’s grave at the time of the funeral and on their anniversary. Equally, after a loved one’s passing, simple items belonging to the deceased can evoke strong memories e.g. a pair of glasses, a watch or even an old pair of shoes!

The placing of flowers on a loved one’s grave in Ancient Rome allowed for the deceased’s spirit to wander around a comforting environment. The red poppy is now very entwined with the World Wars and other significant wars in more recent times. Individual flowers have their own language and the blue forget me not (Myosotis) as the name suggests symbolises memories and in remembrance.

Tinahely’s community took the steps to mark the passing of the civilians who died during the 1916 Easter Rising and give those who died a simple but living memorial that compliments other events occurring in Tinahely’ Courthouse Arts Centre. While it was acknowledged that the exact number is still to this date unknown for various reasons, the community still wanted to mark the passing of another Irish person’s death during this most important time of our history just as they would mark the passing of their own loved ones death. Indeed, it has been suggested, that the placing of flowers as far back as 30,000 years ago when the Neanderthals were in existence, that the flowers would possibly help the departed to start a new life!

Taking part in the ceremony on April 24th included Tinahely National School, Kilcommon National School, Tinahely’s Mens Shed, Tinahely Active Retirement, KARE, Tinahely’s Women’s Network and individuals.