Congratulations to Castletown Demesne – the overall Pollinator Award winner for 2018!

On the 19th July An Taisce Environment Education revealed the parks and green spaces that have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag for Parks Award for 2018.Only awarded for exceeding tough environmental standards in green space management, and excellence of visitor attractions – the Green Flag Award for Parks is the mark of a quality park or green space and is recognised throughout the world.

Three of the 2018 Green Flag Award winning parks were also identified by the National Biodiversity Data Centre for an additional Pollinator Award. This award was establisehd in 2017 and is specifically for those Green Flag Parks that have made an effort to support the local pollinating insect populations, or to promote their importance.

The Pollinator Award is jointly run with An Taisce Environmental Education to support the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, and is kindly sponsored by Young’s Nurseries. While there are pollinator project awards across different park categories it was Castletown Demesne, operated by the Office of Public Works, that was the overall winner. This site features not only pollinator-friendly planting and gardening, but also makes a great effort to educate the public and to promote these efforts through its website and social media.

  • Town park category: Liffey Linear Park, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

  • Country Park & Demesne category: Ardgillan Demesne

  • Overall winner: Castletown Demesne