Friday, July 23, 2021

By Finian Coghlan

BIODIVERSITY and safety around balls is seldom discussed at council meetings, but that was our rare treat following a motion from Cllr Colm Kenny at the monthly meeting of the Naas Municipal District.

Following on the informal policies of ‘Don’t mow, sow’ and ‘Lazy Gardening’ that are being implemented cheaply and very successfully across the nation in an effort to re-wild publicly-held lands to improve biodiversity, the councillor asked that the Parks Department do this around the Naas Ball.

Could the council promote the area around the Perpetual Motion Sculpture – also known as the Naas Ball – as an area for biodiversity and rewilding to showcase the northeastern gateway to the town, while still giving due regard to road safety requirements,” he asked, only to be pleasantly surprised by his reply.

The grass around The Ball is already maintained as a biodiversity area,” revealed Kildare’s Parks Superintendent Simon Wallace.

The location was planted with daffodils and these areas are left wild until June and then cut,” he explained.

Consideration can be given for next year’s grass programme to extend this, although areas will still have to be maintained around the roadside and junction for sightlines for traffic,” he pointed out.

I’m happy with this, it looks like a good report,” said Cllr Kenny.

I might have arrived at the scene just after the cut may have happened,” he conceded.

At least I’ve opened up an awareness with Simon,” he added.

In April it was revealed the Parks Department hoped to have up to 22 towns and villages around Kildare involved in re-wilding programmes, and the ‘Lazy Gardening’ policy of less mowing has saved the Council an estimated €35,000 so far this summer.

eeting of the Naas Municipal District.

Following on the informal policies of ‘Don’t mow, sow’ and ‘Lazy Gardening’ that are being implemented cheaply and very successfully across the nation in an effort to re-wild publicly-held lands to improve biodiversity, the councillor asked that the Parks Department do this around the Naas Ball.

Could the council promote the area around the Perpetual Motion Sculpture – also known as the Naas Ball – as an area for biodiversity and rewilding to showcase the northeastern gateway to the town, while still giving due regard to road safety requirements,” he asked, only to be pleasantly surprised by his reply.

The grass around The Ball is already maintained as a biodiversity area,” revealed Kildare’s Parks Superintendent Simon Wallace.

The location was planted with daffodils and these areas are left wild until June and then cut,” he explained.

Consideration can be given for next year’s grass programme to extend this, although areas will still have to be maintained around the roadside and junction for sightlines for traffic,” he pointed out.

I’m happy with this, it looks like a good report,” said Cllr Kenny.

I might have arrived at the scene just after the cut may have happened,” he conceded.

At least I’ve opened up an awareness with Simon,” he added.

In April it was revealed the Parks Department hoped to have up to 22 towns and villages around Kildare involved in re-wilding programmes, and the ‘Lazy Gardening’ policy of less mowing has saved the Council an estimated €35,000 so far this summer.

monthly meeting of the Naas Municipal District.

Following on the informal policies of ‘Don’t mow, sow’ and ‘Lazy Gardening’ that are being implemented cheaply and very successfully across the nation in an effort to re-wild publicly-held lands to improve biodiversity, the councillor asked that the Parks Department do this around the Naas Ball.

Could the council promote the area around the Perpetual Motion Sculpture – also known as the Naas Ball – as an area for biodiversity and rewilding to showcase the northeastern gateway to the town, while still giving due regard to road safety requirements,” he asked, only to be pleasantly surprised by his reply.

The grass around The Ball is already maintained as a biodiversity area,” revealed Kildare’s Parks Superintendent Simon Wallace.

The location was planted with daffodils and these areas are left wild until June and then cut,” he explained.

Consideration can be given for next year’s grass programme to extend this, although areas will still have to be maintained around the roadside and junction for sightlines for traffic,” he pointed out.

I’m happy with this, it looks like a good report,” said Cllr Kenny.

I might have arrived at the scene just after the cut may have happened,” he conceded.

At least I’ve opened up an awareness with Simon,” he added.

In April it was revealed the Parks Department hoped to have up to 22 towns and villages around Kildare involved in re-wilding programmes, and the ‘Lazy Gardening’ policy of less mowing has saved the Council an estimated €35,000 so far this summer.

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