Tymon Park wins Pollinator Award for best Town Park in IrelandGary Ibbotson 14 Sep 2022
Tymon Park in south Dublin has won the 2022 Pollinator Award for the Best Town Park in Ireland as part of the Green Flag scheme.
The Pollinator Award is jointly run by An Taisce Environmental Education and the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the award assesses the pollinator-friendly management of parks against the recommendations of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.
Over the past number of years South Dublin County Council says it has greatly increased the amount of natural meadows in parks and open spaces across the county including in Tymon Park.
Presently Tymon Park has over 41 ha (100 acres) of long flowering meadows with 160 ha (395 acres) county wide.
“As well as managing the meadows and carrying out survey work to ensure the management is effective Public Realm have been communicating this work to the public using videos highlighting the work that is being undertaken and the importance of these actions,” the council says.
“All of the staff involved are delighted to have their hard work recognised with this major national award.”
Kate Chandler, Community and Engagement Officer for the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, said: “It is encouraging to see another year of strong applications to the Green Flag Pollinator Award.
“One third of our wild bees in Ireland are under threat due to a loss of food and shelter, and so we’re thrilled to see the range of activities taking place across the country to support them.”
In addition to this SDCC has been awarded five Green Flag Awards from An Taisce Environment Education Unit.
Waterstown Park, Sean Walsh Park, Tymon Park, Corkagh Park and Rathfarnham Castle Park were all awarded the honour.
The Green Flag Award scheme aims to encourage the provision of good quality public parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways. Parks and green spaces are judged against eight key criteria.