Scouts are doing it for the dunes at Inch
Members of local Scout troops swapped the mountains for the beach and their hiking gear for gloves and shovels on Sunday morning as they busied themselves with helping to rebuild lost sand dunes on a beautiful day at Inch Beach.
Scouts from the Firies, Killarney, Killorglin and Milltown area, under the guidance of Susan Vickers, joined forces with the Kerry County Council, Clean Coasts and an Taisce to help fight costal erosion by replanting marram grass on the sand dunes.
"Thanks to the very hard work of over 60 scouts, cubs and their hardy leaders, the four groups got to work planting marram grass at Inch beach; the groups all worked together to the plant a bare sand dune that runs along the car park," said Susan Vickers.
"Kerry County Council had previously covered the wind-blown sand with netting so when the scouts arrived on Sunday the sand was ready to be planted."
"The roots of the marram grass act like a net binding the sand and holding it in place, which is why marram grass is so important in allowing the sand dune to build up," she continued.
For nearly two hours busy hands dug holes, transplanted marram grass and planted rows and rows of the grass. Aside from this, the scouts even had time to carry out a beach clean, removing over 20 bags of rubbish and other large litter items from Inch.
Fencing has now been installed by Kerry County Council around the re-planted dune. Signs asking people to stay off the dunes to allow the grass to grow have also been erected.