The Pollinator Award aims to encourage TidyTowns groups to implement pollinator friendly actions in their towns and villages as part of the TidyTowns competition. Irish bees, crucial in the pollination of our plants, trees and vegetables, are in decline. This is because we’ve drastically reduced the areas where they can nest and the amount of food our countryside provides for them. The aim of the award is to reverse this trend by encouraging TidyTowns groups to take simple pollinator friendly measures in their local area. The Local Authority Pollinator Award supports the All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020and is sponsored by the Heritage Offices & Biodiversity Offices of Local Authorities across Ireland. There are two award categories:
(i) Village or SmallTown
(ii) Large Town or Urban Centre
A prize of €1,000 will be awarded to the four Regional winners in each of the two categories. The overall national winner in each of the two categories will receive an additional €1,000.
What types of activities are we looking for?
Local communities can lead the way in driving a better and more sustainable balance for pollinators, and bringing more natural, flower-rich pockets back into our landscape. A guidance document is available on the Pollinator Plan website that outlines more than 30 actions you can take to help pollinators in your local community. These actions are not costly, and all are very clearly explained. They range from changing your mowing regime in certain areas, to planting pollinator friendly trees and shrubs, drilling holes in wooden fencing for solitary bees to nest and raising awareness by promoting the junior All-Ireland Pollinator Plan to youth groups and schools in your community. Lots of possible actions are suggested, enabling local groups to identify those that are most appropriate for their own area. The more of these actions you can take the more pollinator friendly your local area can become.
How to Enter
- Please use the attached blank document to let us know in no more than 1000 words how your community is implementing pollinator friendly programmes and projects. Your entry form should refer to the relevant actions in the TidyTowns Guidance Document on the Pollinator Plan website www.biodiversityireland.ie/pollinator-plan
- Please fill out the Entry Form below
- Email your entry to TidyTowns@pollinator.ie, with “Pollinator Award” in the subject line
Closing Date: 20th May 2016