Environment and Climate Action Staff will be giving out FREE packs of Wildflower Seeds next week at the following marts;-
Tipperary Mart - 6TH March, 2020 from 10.00am
Cashel Mart – 7th March, 2020 from 11.00am
Tipperary Countryside Wild on Flowers Initiative aims to encourage farmers to lead the way in the pollination of the Tipperary countryside, by distributing 800 packs of Native Irish Flower seeds at marts in Tipperary during March and April.
Tipperary County Council recognises the importance of biodiversity and how its sustains communities. By making Tipperary the leading pollinator county in the country, we will showcase our endeavours in this area in the coming years.
We recognise that the farming communities play a key role in re-establishing wild flowers clusters in fields and hedgerows across the county and in the protection the environment against the threats of climate change.
In the last 5 years Tipperary County Council has distributed 1400 native flower boxes/packs of seeds and 5,200 trees to Tidy Town Committees and schools. Committees & schools have created wild flower areas in their localities and the response from the public has been immense.
The native flower boxes have been supplied by Germinal Seeds, Horse and Jockey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
On pollination, everything we grow depends on pollinators and unfortunately in Ireland they are currently in decline.
The All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 is a strategy that addresses this problem. It is a shared action plan supported by over 90 governmental and non-governmental organisations. Tipperary County Council through its Heritage and Environment & Climate Action departments as well as its Municipal Districts are already undertaking pollinator friendly actions and supporting groups such as tidy towns, schools, residents associations to improve habitats for pollinators in their communities.
Irish pollinators are in decline. The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector and protect the health of the environment. By working together we can collectively take steps to reverse pollinator losses and help restore populations to healthy levels. If we can’t protect our pollinators it will affect the food industry. Without the pollination service freely provided by our bees and hoverflies, it would be increasingly difficult and expensive for farmers to produce some crops at current scales and could result in a loss of consumer choice for Irish grown products.
The beauty of the Irish landscape would also be affected without pollinators to maintain the diversity of our wild plants and support healthy ecosystems. In taking action to protect them, we start a change and reaction that has positive benefits for the general health of our environment. Bees and hoverflies don’t just pollinate crops, they also help maintain the diversity of wildflowers that we have in Ireland.