Have you noticed this year’s wildflower displays blooming across the Borough?
These colourful plots featuring a mix of blooms like cornflowers, poppies and daisies are proving popular with residents and visitors, as well as our pollinators and insects who thrive in the pollen rich natural habitat.
This week, the Mayor Councillor Richard Holmes met with Winston Brogan and Rodney Boyd from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Estates team at Anderson Park in Coleraine to see one of the impressive wildflower beds for himself.
Commenting afterwards he said: “The public’s reaction to our wildflowers has been fantastic and we’ve received many positive comments from people about their visual appeal. There’s also a growing appreciation of the role they play in supporting our biodiversity and Council is delighted to know that our approach is making a positive impact on our local environment
“This beautiful display in Anderson Park is a welcome addition to Coleraine and the insects and bees evident during my visit was just incredible. As a Council, we should be proud of how we manage our open spaces, and with the addition of our innovative Don’t Mow Let It Grow scheme we are leading the way and demonstrating how our working practices can have benefits for all.”
Several sites throughout the Borough have been designated as wildflower areas, and their flowers will provide colourful displays throughout the summer months.
Alongside this, Parks staff will harvest seeds for planting next year which offers further benefits for Council and the local area.
As well as the displays in our towns, wildflower meadows supported by Don’t Mow Let It Grow offer another haven for our bees, birds, hares and ladybirds. Combining native fine grasses with wildflowers, these natural habitats provide much-needed food and shelter all year round.
Work is also continuing with DfI Roads to identify and promote more road-side sites which can be transformed into wildflower meadows.
Earlier this year, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s work to create healthy habitats for pollinators was featured in a new all-Ireland celebration of biodiversity projects.
‘Working Together for Biodiversity – Tales from the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020’ includes inspirational conservation stories carried out by communities, schools, businesses and local authorities.
In another coup for the area, Causeway Hospital became the first healthcare site to officially sign up as a supporter of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan earlier this month. A meadow area in the grounds has been developed into a thriving wildflower area, and is now home to an abundance of pollinators, insects and wildlife.
You can find out more about Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Don’t Mow Let It Grow initiative by going to www.dontmowletitgrow.com or follow Don’t Mow, Let It Grow on Facebook.
Positive Impact of Good Relations Projects
The Executive’s commitment towards the delivery of good relations projects in 2021/22 is another key step towards building a united and shared society, Ministers have said.
First Minister Paul Givan and Education Minister Michelle McIlveen were speaking in Limavady during a visit to a T:BUC Camp being delivered by Roe Valley Residents Association. There they saw first-hand how the Executive’s Together: Building a United Community Strategy is actively bringing young people from different backgrounds and traditions together.
First Minister Paul Givan said: “The amazing work of initiatives such as the T:BUC Camp delivered by Roe Valley Residents Association is an example of how T:BUC funding is helping to engender real and lasting societal change.
“The T:BUC Camps Programme is inspiring. It is a great example of the incredible good relations work that is helping to bring about positive change across so many communities here.
“The Camps Programme is a key headline action of the T:BUC Strategy and reflects the Executive’s ongoing commitment to ending division and improving community relations. The camps bring people of different backgrounds and traditions together for shared activities. This not only breaks down barriers in the present, but has a profound and lasting impact in creating a better future.
“This effort plays a key role in helping us continue the journey towards creating a more united and shared society.”
Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “The amazing work being carried out through the T:BUC Camps programme and across the wider T:BUC Strategy is helping to bring people from different cultural traditions together and engender real and lasting societal change.
“The Executive is committed to the good relations journey and to continuing to support projects working towards our goal of creating a truly equal and shared society where everyone can live together, free from intolerance, discrimination and prejudice.”
Education Minister Michelle McIlveen added: “The T:BUC Camps programme is an important initiative which demonstrates what can be achieved through a joined up approach involving The Executive Office, the Department of Education and the Education Authority, bringing together young people from different community backgrounds.
“For some young people a T:BUC Camp can be the first opportunity to come together on a cross-community basis to meet people they may not otherwise do. It is an opportunity to take part in an exciting programme as well as making new friends.
“I hope there are some young people here today who will want to build on the experience gained in their involvement in the T:BUC camps programme and I would encourage that very much.”
Council and PSNI Make Joint Appeal Over Removal of River Bann Lifesaving Aids
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council and the PSNI have issued a joint appeal following the sustained deliberate removal of lifesaving equipment along the River Bann.
The situation came to a head last week, when 11 individual lifelines were taken, leaving no emergency aids in place from the Old Bridge at Christie Park to the Cutts at Castleroe.
Throwlines and buoyancy aids can make the difference between life and death, and there is a growing concern that a tragedy will occur if this type of mindless behaviour continues.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Richard Holmes, said: “This vital equipment is provided for the simple purpose of keeping people safe, and it is beyond belief that it would be removed or destroyed.
“To take all 11 lifelines, leaving a long stretch of riverbank without emergency equipment, is a disgrace and we cannot allow this to continue.
“To those behind this – it must stop before it’s too late. An emergency can arise at any time. It could be your friend or family member in need and this equipment could save their live.
“To anyone who witnesses such irresponsible behaviour please make sure to report it immediately and help us address this grave situation.”
Supporting the Mayor’s comments, Sergeant Clare Sweeney said: “It defies belief that people are willing to put the lives of others at risk through such reckless action.
We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the lines being taken or saw anything suspicious in the area earlier this week to contact us on 101 quoting reference 537 of June 25th. A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.