Greener Communities 2019

The focus this year is on increasing pollinators and biodiversity and on sustainable communities – our role in creating a more sustainable future

 

 Fingal County Council Environmental Awareness Department are pleased to announce the  new categories for the 2019 Greener Communities Competition

Please be advised the closing date has been extended to August 12th 2019.

Click Here to submit your application for the Greener Community Competition 2019  

If you wish you can submit the form by post or hand deliver to Fingal County Council main offices at Swords or Blanchardstown. Download for form in  Greener Communities Application Form 2019 Word format or PDF  2019 Greener Communities Application Form

 

1.            Community Climate Action / Environmental Initiative

Applications under this category may include community efforts (sports groups, faith communities or any other not-for-profit organisations) to promote sustainability, climate change initiatives, waste prevention, and energy or water conservation.

 

2.            Biodiversity Project

Applications under this category may include managed large areas for wildlife/ biodiversity, allotments and community gardens. Ongoing initiatives may include some of the following: Composting, grass cycling, using environmentally friendly methods to control pests.

 

3.            Adopt-a-Patch Project

Applications under this category may include areas that have been improved in general appearance and litter control and the maintenance of the existing wildlife habitat or introduction of a habitat area.

 

4.            Business & Community Environmental Initiative

Applications under this category may include partnership between businesses and the community to manage and maintain or introduce an area of biodiversity and improve the appearance of an area.

 

5.            Upcycling Project

Applications under this category may include restoration of waste items to a usable or art form. Items can include furniture, clothing, bicycles, plastic bottles, cans, metal, glass, wood, musical instruments, boats, marine litter, art. (Items that should be avoided would include tyres due to ongoing degradation). Please take before and after photographs to indicate the upcycling.

 

6.            Coastal Area

Applications under this category may include details of marine litter clean-ups, beach and coastal areas, efforts by groups, residents, sailing and yacht clubs.

 

7.            Heritage Property

Applications under this category may include protected structures or historic buildings that demonstrate sensitive maintenance and upkeep and contribute positively to their street town or village.

 

8.            Front Garden

Applications under this category may include residential or business front or roadside gardens managed for wildlife/ biodiversity.

 

9.            Housing Estate/ Apartments  < 100 properties not managed by a company

Applications under this category may include areas that are being improved or maintained in general appearance and litter control and managing an existing wildlife habitat or introduction of a habitat area.

 

10.          Housing Estate/ Apartments >100 properties not managed by a company

Applications under this category may include areas that are being improved or maintained in general appearance and litter control and managing an existing wildlife habitat or introduction of a habitat area.

 

11.          Housing Estate/ Apartments managed by a company

Applications under this category may include areas that are being improved or maintained in general appearance and litter control and managing an existing wildlife habitat or introduction of a habitat area.

 

12.          Fingal Village (population up to 2,500)

Applications under this category may include villages that are being improved or maintained in general appearance and litter control and managing an existing wildlife habitat or introduction of a habitat area.

 

13.          Fingal Town (population of 2,500+)

Applications under this category may include towns or urban centres that are being improved or maintained in general appearance and litter control and managing an existing wildlife habitat or introduction of a habitat area.

 

14.          Overall Project – Overall exemplary Community Project

 

Note: All Entrants:

In all cases entrants are urged to retain existing habitats such as trees, ivy, undergrowth, nettles, thistles etc.

Closing date for entries is 4.30pm on Monday 12th August 2019

 

 

The focus this year will be on biodiversity and pollination.

 

Pollen-rich flowers recommended by the National Biodiversity Data Centre are shown on their website in the resources section.

 

For guidance on pollinators visit www.pollinators.ie

 

Bees pollinators

 

Fingal County Council have Biodiversity Actions information booklets available for the following sectors:  

 

One-page leaflet on pollen-rich flowers to plant: http://pollinators.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/AIPP-Garden-Plants_A5-Flyer-PRINT.pdf

 

Communities booklet: http://pollinators.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Local-Communities_actions-to-help-pollinators-2018-WEB.pdf

 

Faith communities booklet: http://pollinators.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Faith-Communities_actions-to-help-pollinators-2018-WEB.pdf

 

Gardens booklet: http://pollinators.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Gardens_actions-to-help-pollinators-2018-WEB.pdf