Fianna Fáil councillor for Drogheda James Byrne has expressed his delight at news Louth County Council intend to plant wildflower seeds for the very first time at locations around the county.
The Drogheda-based representative raised the issue at the Drogheda Borough Council meeting on Monday afternoon, speaking about how local beekeeper Tony Conaghy had noted that while flowers planted in the town centre last year “looked fabulous…”they were not supporting pollinators effectively.”
Cllr Byrne requested that the council look at introducing wildflower areas amidst existing green spaces in the town. Senior Engineer Mark Johnston confirmed that would happen, with the local authority having first planted wildflower seeds in Dundalk in 2019.
“We are buying wildflower seeds, in fact we’ve bought some already,” he told the meeting. “We did some in Dundalk last year. We’re trying to cultivate areas to grow these. The wildflower seeds, we tend to grow them in green areas. But not in flower pots.
Speaking after Monday’s meeting, Cllr Byrne said; “I am delighted that Louth County Council have committed to planting wildflower seeds in Drogheda for the first time. This will help create more pollinator-friendly habitats to help reverse the decline in our bee population. Bees are the most important pollinator of crops and native plant species in Ireland. It will bring more colour to the town in late summer and into autumn.
Cllr Byrne also wants the local authority to liaise closely with Tidy Towns groups to enhance countywide support for the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.
“Creating wildflower spaces on our green areas is a small but significant step in the right direction by Louth County Council towards biodiversity”. I would encourage the Council to work closely with our Tidy Towns groups across Louth to implement pollinator-friendly planting among other measures in supporting the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.”