Email Advertisement Linkedin Twitter NewsEnvironmentLimerick Council is bee-ing friendlyBy Bernie English – March 22, 2019 1583 Print O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Limerick on Covid watch list Mayor of Limerick City and County, James Collins with Michael Sheehan, LCCC Parks Department, Sharon Lynch, LCCC Environmental Technican and Anne Goggin, LCCC Senior Executive Engineer.PIcture: Keith WisemanTHE HUMBLE dandelion is an annoying weed to some gardeners but if you’re a bee it’s spring gold.And Limerick City and County Council is delaying the start of its annual grass-cutting programme in certain areas to let the dandelions and other wild flowers flourish and help give bees and other pollinators an early food source.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The Council signed a framework agreement with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan to formalise its long term commitment to support pollinators in Limerick.The plan is a cross-sector initiative, led by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, with local authorities, farmers, businesses, schools and local communities to support pollinators such as bees.Ireland depends on pollinating insects to pollinate crops, fruits and vegetables — but many pollinators are now threatened with extinction.Last summer, Limerick City and County Council began implementing the plan by leaving three pilot areas of public land develop into Wild Flower meadows at Corbally Meadows, Childers Road and College Park.The species diversity in these areas was studied by Dr Tom Harrington, botanist and all were found to have a range of plants of value to pollinators, in particular at Corbally Meadows.In addition to the wild flower meadows, grass cutting will be delayed in a number of public areas to allow the dandelions to flower.These include Curraghgower Park, Arthur’s Quay Park and part of Mungret Park.Mayor of Limerick, Cllr James Collins said: “It is very important that we care for our environment. Scientists have shown that bees are crucial to maintaining crops. They are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops. It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, but also by other insects, birds and bats.”Limerick City and County Council has become one of the first local authorities in Ireland to officially partner with All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, leading the way in ‘pollinator protection.Michael Sheehan of the Council Parks Supervisor said: “There’s huge interest from the public in pollinators and an awareness that we have to take action now. The strength of the Pollinator Plan is its evidence-based guidelines which give clear advice on how each sector can improve their land for pollinators.”Have your say by using #BeeFriendlyLimerick on Twitter. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSEnvironmentLimerick City and County CouncilNews Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead Facebook Limerick centre needed to tackle environmental issues WhatsApp Previous articleFilm and theatre at Kilmallock’s Friars’ GateNext articleLimerick name team to play Dublin in League semi final Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat
GUYANA’s two-man team consisting of 1980 and 1984 Olympics representative, James ‘Joelyn’ Joseph and Aubrey Gordon, competed at the 2017 UCI World Masters Championships in Carson, California over the past week, at the VELO Sports Center.The Guyana team participated in the 20 laps scratch race. The race was won by Clayton Shepard of the USA, while Guyana’s James ‘Joelyn’ Joseph finished second and Michael Hines of USA, third.Gordon, who was not having a good race, was forced to abandon with 8 laps to go as he was forced off the track when two cyclists fell in front of him.The 500 meters time trial was won by USA’s Kurt Sato (34.936 seconds). David Willmott of Australia (35.915 seconds) was second and Joseph (36.088 seconds) third.The flying 200 metres is used to seed the cyclist for the Match Sprint. Joseph rode a world record time of 11.420 seconds and was seeded number one.Gordon rode the final event–40 laps point to point–and was ninth.“In Summary, Guyana did very well, however, to continue at this level the cyclists and Coach who had to foot their expenses will need financial assistance” the team’s coach, Victor Rutherford said, while adding “arriving on Saturday to commence racing on Sunday in not good enough. Especially as our cyclists do not have the luxury of a Velodrome at their disposal.”Rutherford explained that “most of the competitors have sponsors who absorb the cost and are full time cyclist. Team Guyana needs to be in place a week before the competition so as to practice on the track. Gordon and Joseph understandably have their Day job and family expenses.”“Hopefully, next year’s Championships which will be held at the said venue, we can by way of sponsors, the Guyana Cycling Federation, the GOA the ministry of sport and Guyanese at large, be able to equip the cyclists so that they can have an even playing field” Rutherford said.While advocating for Guyana to have a larger contingent, Rutherford thanked Neville and Cyril Hunte, Peter Sue, Mark Wills and Nehru Sheow for their support of the team.The VELO Sports Center is a 100,000 square foot, $15 million worth specially designed 250- meter indoor cycle racing track. The VELO Sports Center is also a part of StubHub Center’s partnership with the USOC as an Official U.S. Olympic Training Site and is a home track to USA Cycling’s national track cycling programme.The VELO Sports Center hosts training and international competitions for the world’s elite cyclists, as well as classes open to the public, at any skill level.