A sample of our current work
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We would sincerely like to thank the operators of Youghal Greyhound Track and Bord na gCon who have agreed to improve the appearance of the outside of the greyhound track wall. In the coming weeks, the wall will be painted by the owners and Youghal Tidy Towns will plant climbing plants that will spread and cover the wall over the years to come.
We will be excited to show a photo of the wall when the work is completed.
Ballyvergan Bird Hide
Efforts are underway to make the Ballyvergan Bird Watching hide more accessible. Tidy towns are taking responsibility for the bird hide so that enthusiasts will be able to watch reed and marsh birds up close. The Bird Watching hide is located on the R633, just outside Youghal. Take the turn for Ballymacoda and the Quality Hotel. You will see the spot about 100m from the junction with the R634 (the old main road to Cork) on the left hand side.
Ongoing Projects (Please click on any photo to enlarge)
Flowerbed and Roundabout Planting
YTT members undertake the planting of tubs and flowerbeds in various locations in the town. Lighthouse hill is one such location and you may notice the tall black containers which are painted and planted by YTT annually. Unfortunately, we have had some trouble in recent years with plants being stolen and uprooted from their beds. A similar situation occurred at the roundabout just over Youghal bridge. A lot of effort and thought was put into plants for the roundabout last season but most of what was planted was taken by persons unknown. Although we do encounter such setbacks every year, YTT will continue to try and make the town a real contender in the nationwide Tidy Towns competition.
Wildlife Habitat Survey
A complete survey of wildlife was carried out by Pat Smiddy in 2013. The survey gives an extensive insight into Youghal’s wildlife and what to look out for on the Wildlife walk. Click here to read the survey.
The wildlife walk will begin at the Tourist Office in Market Square, proceeds along the Quays, along the Slob Bank, past the landfill to Foxhole. Then south along the main road (N25) pass the GAA grounds on Green Cloyne road and along Mill Road to end at the Quarry Road Park. This route takes the walker through a variety of different habitats from the urban of the town along the harbour front and the estuary via the slob bank with its associated drainage ditches and wet pasture fields. At high tide roost of estuarine birds can be viewed at Foxhole. While the walker passes by drains and semi permanent fresh water pools on their return along the main road while hedgerows and gardens coming into view at the end of Quarry Road Park is approached.
Greenhome is an initiative by the EPA and an Taisce. “Green Home was developed as a framework to support and advise householders on ways to save money on their household bills while protecting the environment. The programme focuses on the themes of waste, energy, water and transport and extends the Green-Schools message beyond the school gates into the wider community. The Green Home programme can be undertaken by an individual householder or as part of a group”. (excerpt from the Greenhome.ie website). Youghal Tidy Towns fully supports the Greenhome initiative and would encourage householders to have a look at their website.
Green-Schools, known internationally as Eco-Schools, is an international environmental education programme, environmental management system and award scheme that promotes and acknowledges long-term, whole school action for the environment.
Eco-Schools is operated by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) whose main partners include the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Receiving the Green flag from the Green Schools Programme is not a one-off event. There are different categories of flags and participating schools are encouraged to attain a number of flags.
YTT welcome that South Abbey school have embarked upon the journey to earn a green flag for their school. We also commend Bun Scoil Mhuire for their Green Flag and their present work to attain their second flag. Bun Scoil, having already achieved the flag for waste recycling are now in the process of achieving a flag for Energy Efficiency.
Youghal Tidy Towns in conjunction with Fás/Tus workers have carried out a signpost survey in town. The aim of which was to identify signposts that have become obsolete and ensure that each signpost in the town is still relevant and pointing in the correct direction.
Also with the help of Fás/Tus, a programme of graffiti removal has been undertaken in town. Although much graffiti has been removed, this is one project that will probably be ongoing.