Sunday 26 May 2019

Main Street of Gorey receives a colourful summer makeover

Gorey Tidy Towns and CE scheme members. From left: Mary Murphy, Carmel Ryan, Joseph Nolan, Daphne Owens, Noel Sullivan and Sean Greene
Gorey Tidy Towns and CE scheme members. From left: Mary Murphy, Carmel Ryan, Joseph Nolan, Daphne Owens, Noel Sullivan and Sean Greene

Sara Gahan

Gorey's streets are this week receiving their annual colourful summer makeover.

Town gardener Maura Higgins and Gorey Municipal District staff member Dermot Doran, with help from CE and Tus scheme workers and Gorey Tidy Towns volunteers have begun removing the spring flowers in the street planters to replace them with red and yellow themed summer bedding.

Any spring flowers that could be saved for next year have been kept aside, while the bulbs were left in place. The summer flowers include trailing geraniums, trailing petunias, bidens, verbena, Busy Lizzie, begonias, marigolds.

This work was delayed by several weeks because of delays in the availability of plants. The unseasonal weather in spring caused major problems for several local suppliers

'As we are using locally sourced plants, it is important that we support those businesses and accommodate the various issues the bad weather caused,' said District Manager Amanda Byrne.

The summer bedding is being introduced to ten four-tiered planters on Main Street; ten circular planters on Esmonde Street; and eight square planters, which are located on Esmonde Street and at Gorey Hospital. The four-tier containers have a water retaining sump in each tier, which reduces the amount and frequency of watering. The compost and feed used in the containers are organic.

The street planters are watered by Wexford County Council staff on a weekly basis using harvested water from the attenuation tank underneath the Civic Square car park. It was decided earlier this year not to include hanging baskets in the town planting scheme. Instead, 13 striking street banners will be hung on lamp posts on Main Street. These will feature photographs of the district taken by Brian Kinsella. Additionally, five banners, with photographs of the town, will be hung on Gorey Market House.

Last Summer 160,000 litres of water were used on watering street plants. Watering duties included 130 hanging baskets and 16 baskets on poles, which had to be watered frequently. This summer it is hoped the amount of water used will be reduced by at least half, and the scheme workers will be freed up from watering duties to concentrate on other areas of the town that need attention.

'We expect the new banners to have more visual impact on Main Street,' said Ms Byrne. 'The move away from hanging baskets not only frees up staff to spend more time on weeding, cutting grass, and picking up litter, but it also frees up funding to allow us to invest in introducing planting to other areas of town such as the Paul Funge Boulevard and to support initiatives on the side streets.'

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