Environment Awareness & Education

Council scoops Sustainable Environment Award at Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016
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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council scooped the Sustainable Environment Award at last nights Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards.

The winning entry, Biodiversity in Action was a programme to support four biodiversity projects in partnership with diverse community groups to showcase how communities can take simple actions to protect our natural heritage. The programme aimed to engage a diverse range of community groups to seek ways to improve their natural heritage. Through these programmes, over 1500 trees were planted by pupils from 13 schools in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area, habitats to support a rare butterfly were created with Marley Grange Residents Association, a pollinator friendly estate was developed with Kilcross Estate Management Forum, an orchard of 150 native apple trees was planted with Shankill Tidy Towns and UCD and  a wildlife friendly campus with special consideration given to the Brent Geese was developed with Blackrock College.  

The aims of the project were to assist community groups to develop and implement action projects which can be used as examples for other communities who may wish to follow their lead.

Speaking at the event An Cathaoirleach Cllr Cormac Devlin stated

"Winning this national award is yet another example of  the good work that is achieved where the Council and the community work together." 

Co-ordinator of the Biodiversity in Action programme County Council Environmental Awareness Officer Dean Eaton said that

"The dedication and enthusiasm shown by all the different members of our community that I have worked with on this project, shows that there is a keen interest for protecting and enhancing the biodiversity of our local environment."    


The full details of the four projects are:


Project 1Pollinator Friendly Community, using the All Ireland Pollinator Plan as a guide, with Kilcross Estate Management Forum and local naturalists.

Project 2Native Orchard, create a 150 tree orchard by grafting scion wood taken from fruit trees held at the National collection (UCD) onto rootstocks in an effort to safeguard the survival of these rare native cultivars, with Shankill Tidy Towns and UCD. 

Project 3Brimstone Butterfly Project, create a new habitat for the Brimstone Butterfly by planting its host plant, the Alder Buckthorns, with Marley Grange Resident Association and local naturalists.

Project 4Brent Geese Project, support the development of a nature friendly campus with special consideration given to the Brent Geese, with Blackrock College and BirdWatch Ireland.