By Dan Walsh
Mayor of Wexford Cllr Leonard Kelly, who came up with the idea and concept behind the Green Estate Pilot Programme has performed the launch at Ferrybank, Wexford, with Gerry Forde and Cliona Connolly from the Environment Section of Wexford County Council.
The programme is an initial step to encourage residents to begin to think about creating areas for nature within the public spaces of their estate.
Mayor Kelly said; “We have known for a long time the importance of nature in building healthy communities. This scheme is the first step in creating spaces for nature and increasing awareness around how important nature is and the impact our actions have on the environment around us. The current pandemic has made us realise the importance of the physical environment in which we live and emphasised the value of green spaces.”
The Green Estate pilot programme is about residents pledging to take just three simple actions to improve a green area within their estate to benefit nature. Mayor Kelly thanked the Wexford Environmental Network for their input and the Environment Section for taking on board his idea and developing the pilot phase of this initiative.
Gerry Forde thanked the Mayor Kelly for bringing his idea to the Council and stated that “the pilot phase of the programme is open to any housing estate within the Municipal District of Wexford. “We would hope that following a successful pilot it will be opened to all districts and can be further expanded in different phases to include energy and waste management. Information can be provided in further phases on how simple actions can be taken to help combat climate change.’
For more information on the pilot programme please visit https://www.wexfordcoco.ie/environment/biodiversity-community-and-schools/green-estate-programme or contact Cliona Connolly, Environment Education Officer 053 9196475.