Newbridge Tidy Towns thanks KARE volunteers

Newbridge Tidy Towns Association last week acknowledged the volunteers from KARE who helped tend and maintain the flower display Newbridge in Bloom, and presented the volunteers with a certificate of appreciation of their work during the summer months.

Newbridge Tidy Towns Association last week acknowledged the volunteers from KARE who helped tend and maintain the flower display Newbridge in Bloom, and presented the volunteers with a certificate of appreciation of their work during the summer months.

The volunteers looked after the flower displays in the area around the St. Conleth’s bridge, and at the Athgarvan Road junction, which comprises of approximately 33% of the planters put out last year.

At the presentation while thanking the volunteers, Secretary of the Tidy Towns, Déaglán de Paor noted that they made a huge difference and their work had a very significant impact on the longevity of the flowers remaining in bloom during the summer months.

“These volunteers who were engaged in deadheading the blooms this summer and indeed in previous summers did not want to just sit on the side-lines but instead they get involved, and went out weekly in all weathers and simply made it happen,” he said.

Newbridge in Bloom is sponsored by the Town Council, Newbridge Credit Union and Bord Na Móna.

The display was designed and supplied by local horticulturalist Jer Delaney of Gardens to Groom. In all there were in excess of 160 planters or flower boxes on display around Newbridge from the end of May to last October, and all of them needed to be tended on a weekly basis during the flowering period.

“This year we also introduced eighteen flower baskets to the Liffey Amenity Area on an experimental basis, and the reaction of park users has been most enthusiastic”, he added.

- Paula Campbell