Brook Garden path resurfacing
Work on the path at the Brook Garden has been completed ahead of schedule. The path has been resurfaced and now enables easier access to the beach for all.
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. Following a tender process the contract was awarded to Emmet Plant Services.
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.
As part of our sustainable goals we gave away 10 wooden flat packed raised beds and a selection of vegetable seeds free to local residents in March. The flat packs came in two sizes and it was brilliant to see how much interest there was as they were quickly snapped up. A couple of months on and we have been getting fantastic progress updates on the raised beds. It has even inspired one young gardener to participate in the “Grow it Forward” scheme run through Libraries Ireland and share the produce she has grown with others.
This year we have made recycling a major focus of our litterpicking. Volunteers are segregating glass, plastic bottles and cans while they litterpick and the results have been impressive. We have collected 82 sacks of recyclable litter so far in 2021 which would have previously gone to landfill.
Tara Brooch mural
A new mural of the Tara Brooch, created by the East Coast Family Resource Centre Youth Group was unveiled at the beach on 12th May. BTT volunteers were delighted to provide assistance by installing it and treated the young artists to drinks and pizza on the beach.
Liz and Roger Pickett of The Cottages invited a group of our volunteers on a tour of their beautiful gardens in early May. It was a real feast for the senses and has provided lots of inspiration for our work in the community gardens.
Our thanks to Councillor Tom Behan for his recent contribution to us from his Council Discretionary Fund. We will use these funds to support our maintenance and enhancement works around the town.
2021 Supervalu Tidy Towns Competition
We are excited to enter the 2021 Supervalu Tidy Towns Competition after last year’s competition was cancelled for the first time in over 60 years. This year’s competition, which was announced on 21st May by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD includes a new award category aimed at groups that have continued to serve and look after their communities despite the difficulties posed by COVID-19.
For more information on our activities follow us on Facebook and Instagram @bettystown_tidytowns. 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.