Green Estate Pilot Programme – Phase 1
The Green Estate pilot programme is an initial step to encourage residents to begin to think about creating areas for nature within the public spaces of their estate.
Who can apply?
For Phase 1 of the pilot programme any housing estate within the Municipal District of Wexford can register.
What do I have to do?
Residents would agree to register their estate and would pledge to carry out 3 actions.
Plant an ornamental tree or a fruit tree or pollinator friendly plants to create a food source for pollinators. In order to survive, pollinators need flowers that produce lots of nectar (for energy) and pollen (for protein). If you want to make your estate pollinator friendly, the key is to avoid ‘hunger gaps,’ or times when there are no nectar or pollen-rich flowers in bloom. There are a huge variety of garden plants to choose from that are colourful, attractive, and can provide pollinators with the food they need.
- Manage an area for Wildflowers
This can be if space allows letting an area grow wild or simply reducing your mowing regime to allow dandelions / clover grow – valuable source for pollinators in early Spring. Create a wildflower meadow by manging your existing grassland – no need to purchase wildflower seeds let what is naturally in the seed bank germinate.
- Eliminate the use of chemicals
Pesticides include insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. All of these can be harmful to pollinators, either directly, or by damaging the plants and habitats they depend on. Greener gardening Using natural products and fewer chemicals is beneficial. Check out the greener guides to help you get started.
Register here for the Green Estate Pilot Programme
How do I register?
You must first sign up to have an account with ‘My Online Services’. Creating an account will allow you to view a history of your requests.
To register for ‘My Online Services’ click here.
Choose register to sign up now or login if you already have an account.