The Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has become the latest local authority to join the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan as a council partner.
Welcoming participation in the plan, the Mayor, Councillor Ivor Wallace said: “Our Council already carries out many of the actions supported by the Pollinator Plan, including the provision of wildflower beds and meadows and the Don’t Mow Let It Grow scheme. Collectively they help to ensure that our pollinators can find ample food sources, and rich, safe habitats.
“I’m very pleased to see that we have now formalised our commitment to sustaining pollinators by working in partnership with this internationally renowned strategy to reverse declines in biodiversity.
“It’s encouraging to see that there is a growing understanding about the importance of pollinators, for farmers, gardeners and for our environment in general. We are very proud of the beautiful landscapes in Causeway Coast and Glens, and it is crucial that we do all we can to preserve and enhance these for the future.
“Our biodiversity work has been enhanced by community support and the efforts of our Parks staff, who have embraced a new approach to planting, floral displays, and how we manage our open spaces. This collaboration with the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan marks another significant step forward, and I am very pleased to confirm our participation in this strategy.
“We will continue to lead the way in preserving our important biodiversity, and I look forward to seeing how we can build on our good work with the support of this scheme”
All-Ireland Pollinator Plan co-founder Dr Úna FitzPatrick said: “We’re delighted to welcome Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council as council partners of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. There is huge potential for the landscape their manage to be part of the all-island effort to help pollinators survive and thrive, and we are already aware of the great work being done by the council to manage the land in a pollinator-friendly way. We look forward to following their progress, and supporting their work in the years to come.”
Last year, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s work to create healthy habitats for pollinators was featured in a publication by the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan: ‘Working Together for Biodiversity – Tales from the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020’, which brought together inspirational conservation stories from across Ireland carried out by communities, schools, businesses and local authorities.
Locally, Causeway Hospital is also a partner in the Pollinator Plan after it became the first healthcare site to officially sign up as a supporter in 2021.
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.