"Ann, they tidied it all up, all those unsightly weeds. It looked like a silverback that had his arse shaved by a blind man."
I couldn't help laughing at Paul's words but he's describing an issue which also incenses me: sometimes, as soon as things are flourishing, they are knocked on the head, with a quick visit from a lawnmower, strimmer or shot of weed killer.
As Paul puts it so well: "A monoculture desert looks tidy but it is dead. Those weeds that they are tidying up are full of life, colour and energy."
So, in a direct call to Tidy Town groups, local authorities and those managing public - or indeed private - green areas, please consider before you cut or spray: what is it achieving, is there an alternative?
Though I also want to point out that this is now happening less, obviously due the Tidy Towns Competition, which I'd like to commend for its leadership on environment care.
The Tidy Towns special awards include the Local Authority Pollinator Award, with a prize-fund of €9,000, aimed at encouraging Tidy Towns groups to implement pollinator-friendly actions.
The aim of the award is to reverse the drop in our numbers of bees, which are crucial for plant pollination, by encouraging Tidy Towns groups to take on various measures.
These include leaving wildflowers to grow alongside roadsides, reducing the use of pesticides and using more pollinator-friendly planting in parks and gardens.
What's interesting is that there is a particular emphasis on a 'whole town' approach, as this is better for pollinating insects and will have greater long-term impacts for biodiversity.
It is also worth watching a short video on TidyTowns.ie featuring the Tidy Towns group in Geashill, Co Offaly, regional winner of a pollinator award last year.
Pat Foley, vice-chairman of the local group, says that there was a, "bit of bemusement" in 2015 when they first left the green margins unmown (except for a strip alongside the road for walking), the fear being that it would be "unsightly and lose us marks".
But that attitude quickly changed and, now, "everything we do is through the prism of biodiversity and pollinators".
The shift in emphasis suggests that window boxes and their mainly brightly-coloured annuals may be on their way out in the Tidy Towns.
Not only are they unattractive to wildlife, but they also require a lot of water, which as last summer showed, is an increasingly precious resource.