Donnybrook Buzz Shelter is taking it’s Bees very seriously – All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Published by David Hayden on

May 9th, 2017

Donnybrook TidyTowns are delighted with their latest contribution to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. The project, known as the ‘Buzz Shelter’, was to convert the dull, dreary and derelict looking concrete space of an ESB substation into a much-needed refuge for pollinator bees.

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[x_blockquote cite=”Biodiversity Ireland” type=”left”]One-third of our bee species are threatened with extinction from Ireland. We know it’s because we have drastically reduced the areas where they can nest and the amount of food our landscape provides for them. We can stand back and watch the problem happen, or we can try to do something. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is about all of us, from farmers to local authorities, to schools, gardeners and businesses, coming together to try to create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive.[/x_blockquote]

The Donnybrook Buzz Shelter is a showcase example of how the dwindling bee population can be brought back into urban centres without bothering residents and introducing a little greenery to these paved-over eyesore spots common to city suburbs. The project was granted planning permission or ‘planting permission’ as Sean Brennan, chairperson of Donnybrook TidyTowns describes it, without any objection whatsoever.

Donnybrook TidyTowns are registered with the All-Ireland pollinator monitoring programme and will be recording online sightings of the honeybee in the Shelter. Hopefully, the little bee-garden will encourage others to consider planting bee-friendly gardens in open concrete spaces. The planting area is made up of bee’s favourite plants mainly perennials and ornamental grasses with flowers such as Fuschia, Garden Mint, Doronicum (Little Leo) and other nectar-rich varieties. The result is certainly much more attractive to the eye than a bare concrete space.

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David Hayden

David is a contributor to the Green News. He has a Bachelor's Degree in International Business and French from UCD as well as a Master's Degrees in French literature and New Media from the University of California at San Diego and the Johns Hopkins University.