Thursday 20 June 2019

Tidy Towns does its bit for Gorey 400 celebrations

The Gorey 400 flower bed which spells out ‘Guaire 1619’
The Gorey 400 flower bed which spells out ‘Guaire 1619’

Cathy Lee

Gorey Tidy towns has been busy lately gathering names in preparation as a total of four hundred trees are to be planted by householders across Gorey and North Wexford this year to mark the Gorey 400 celebrations.

The trees available are birch, mountain ash, apple (both eating or cooking) or native oak for larger areas.

'We see this project as a way of informing the public of the importance of taking action to help offset CO2 emissions and of improving the town's biodiversity,' said Chairperson of Gorey Tidy Towns Billy Halford.

The trees will be distributed in the autumn by Wexford County Council and Gorey Tidy Towns, and families in particular are invited to sign up to commit to accept a tree, plant it at their home and care for it.

Names will be taken until up the 400 quota is reached and following this a waiting list will apply.

Those interested in being added to the list can sign up at the Wexford County Council reception desk which is located next to Gorey Library.

The Gorey 400 programme was launched last January with the aim of honouring the shared past, enriching the present and safeguarding the future.

In keeping in with the theme of Gorey 400, a new large flower bed was set into place at the Monument with the aim of welcoming visitors to the town, and it has since been used for planting being filled by Gorey Tidy Town's volunteers.

'Guaire 1619' is spelled out in green and the planting is contained within a large metal box, designed by Paul Woods and manufactured by engineer Robert Kinsella.

A laser etching on the back of the box was designed by artist Kate Kos and features a representation of the church that once stood in the graveyard in Market Square, on the site where Bishop Ram is buried. The engraving was done by Global Steel Enniscorthy.

The Tidy Towns group received a €3,000 grant this year, to be spent on a specific project, and the Gorey 400 flower bed was chosen.

Additional costs for the project were financed from Gorey Tidy Towns' funds and Gorey Municipal District.

Gorey Hire organised that the Redmond Brothers to lift the box into place, and Eamonn Doyle provided the soils to fill the box.

'Special thanks must go to Gorey District Manager Amanda Byrne who has been of invaluable help in bringing this project into reality. Nothing has been a problem, and whatever help we've asked for, we've received it,' said Billy Halford.

Gorey Tidy Towns have been involved with four major Gorey 400 projects, including the flower bed, 400 trees, the mural at the Civic Square, and the restoration of the historic graveyard in the Market Square, and all of these projects are now at an advanced stage.

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