Concern for bees is the reason why Wexford District Council has delayed the cutting of grass on green areas around the town, councillors were told at a local authority meeting.
Complaining about the length of grass in estates such as Belvedere Grove and Lee Heights, Cllr. George Lawlor suggested that the Council return to the practice of having its own workers carry out grass cutting duties.
Dedicated maintenance staff will be required to look after the new Min Ryan Park and they could also be given responsibility for green areas around the town, he suggested.
District Engineer Sean Kavanagh said the Council is currently organising grass cutting but has to be conscious of encouraging pollinators and the longer the first cut is left, the better for the bees. 'I would refer you to a website called pollinators.ie', he said.
Cllr. Lawlor said there are green areas in town that children can't play on. 'We can accommodate bees in other ways. We have a lot of areas where wild flowers can be sown to accommodate the bees.' Mr. Kavanagh reiterated that good practice says the first cut should be held back as long as possible.
Council Deputy Chief Executive Tony Larkin said the maintenance of Min Ryan Park will go to a private contractor and the local authority could look at giving them some landscape work as well.
Cllr. Lawlor said it should be a full-time dedicated contractor.