Monday 23 January 2017

'Magic Garden' a haven for butterflies and bees

Published 17/06/2014 | 05:30

Tidy Towns chairperson LIz Kenny (left) with her hard working team at the information sign for ‘The Magic Garden’.
Tidy Towns chairperson LIz Kenny (left) with her hard working team at the information sign for ‘The Magic Garden’.

GOREY IS well known for its fine hotels, and now it can boast that it has an 'insect hotel.'

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The hard working volunteers have created this unusual tourist attraction as part of An Gairdín Draíochta - The Magic Garden - which is located at the corner of Esmonde Street and The Coach Road at ALDI.

This butterfly- and bee-friendly garden was proposed, planned, and planted by Gorey Tidy Towns, and was funded by the Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund, Wexford County Council and Gorey Town Council.

'The thinking behind this project is to create a space within the town environs in which the local community, across all ages, could enjoy the garden at any time, in as much as this small space would allow, while at the same time encouraging the local wildlife into the garden,' explained PRO Gerry Flood.

'Our intention is to help raise awareness in the local community of the existence and beauty of wildlife in the environment and around us everyday.'

'Although the plants here are all attractive to wildlife, in particular bees and butterflies, the garden is more formal than wild, with additional elements such as an insect hotel, seating and chess table. Altogether giving the garden a broader appeal,' he added.

Gorey Tidy Towns Committee thanked all of the Tidy Towns volunteers and Gorey Men's Shed for all their help, especially with the hard work of digging and planting.

They also acknowledged the support of the local businesses which gave their time and supplied materials to the project, including: Kilmurry Nursery; Casey Enterprises; What-A-Pane Wexford; Gorey Hire; Liam Brennan Hardware Ltd.; David Bolger Plant Hire; and Kenny Landscapes.

To join or help Gorey Tidy Towns, phone Liz at 086 3443459.

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