Bettystown Tidy Towns – May 2021

National Spring Clean

We held our An Taisce National Spring Clean on Saturday 24th April. Thank you to everyone in the community who came out to help clean up our beach.

We couldn’t have had a better day for it. It was blue skies, sunshine and clean beaches all the way. We made a fantastic community effort and it was great to see lots of enthusiastic little litter pickers. Together we collected a huge amount of litter and rubbish. The sand sieve was back in use to clear glass from heavily soiled areas in the dunes.

Wildflower seeds were given away on the day as a thank you to those who volunteered their time and effort.

Wire bottle bins at the beach

Wire Bottle bins on the beach
Wire Bottle bins on the beach

As part of our sustainability and recycling programme in the village, we had two wire bottle bins installed near the Bettystown beach entrance. Our thanks to Meath County Council for providing and installing the bins for us. We also want to thank Val Darcy of Budget Signs who very kindly donated the bin signs and the “3 for the Sea” signs. “3 for the Sea” is an initiative to ask beach users to take away three pieces of plastic every time they visit the beach, keeping the beach clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy.

3 For the Sea plastic poster
3 For the Sea plastic poster

The wire bottle bins will be maintained by the BTT volunteers, not the Council, only use them for the purpose they were installed. They are to be used by beach visitors for plastic bottles and cans only. No glass bottles should be placed in them as they will break and the bins have to be emptied by hand. No household waste should be placed in them.

Brook Garden path resurfacing

In October 2020, we were successful in our grant application under the Town & Village Renewal Scheme, which is financed by the Department of Rural & Community Development. Our application included the resurfacing of the path from the Coast Road to the beach, adjacent to our Brook Garden. We are pleased to advise that following a tender process we have awarded the contract to Emmet Plant Services.

Works commenced on Monday April 19th and will take approximately 3 weeks. The path will be closed for the duration of the works. Our thanks to the Department of Rural and Community Development and to Meath County Council for their financial contribution to project and their support, especially the Councils Area Engineer. Once completed, the path will permit easier access to the beach.

Gardeners needed

Do you have a passion for gardening and time to volunteer? We are seeking more volunteers with gardening knowledge to tend and care for the Green Gate Garden. Our volunteers are working in the village every Saturday from 9-11am.

Clean streams for clean seas

What goes in our streams flows out to the sea so as part of our Clean Coasts work we regularly litterpick our local streams. In April, volunteers cleaned four of the village streams: Opposite the Credit Union, Mid way up Eastham Rd, Near Village Hotel, and Brabazon. The usual bottles and wrappers and some interesting bits of ironmongery were retrieved.

Join us

If you would like to help with clean ups, gardening or with any other aspect of our works please speak to one of our volunteers or message us on Facebook or Instagram.

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