Clonmellon Tidy Towns Newsletter
Welcome to Clonmellon Second edition of our Tidy Towns Newsletter.
A lot of work has been done over the last 4/5 weeks. We have
concentrated our efforts on the approach road from Kells.
So far we have carried out the following work:
- cleaning / redressing flower beds
- tidying up trees
- cutting grass
- removing ivy off walls
- sweeping the village
- cleaning up the playground
- asking people to paint their property
- tackle dog fouling
We are very happy to announce that we have secured a piece of land from Allied Waste to the rear of their plant.
We hope to start to plan a Community Garden. We have engaged a landscape gardener and The plans for this are now in progress and we should have them ready for next year’s entry to the tidy towns.
We are now into the month of June and judging starts around June 23rd, so we still have a lot of work to do and anyone who would like to help please do, we meet every Saturday at 10am outside daybreak or if you
see us during the week please don’t be shy to give a helping hand. You will enjoy the reward of showing that you care about where you live.
A Special thanks to Allied Waste:
We have to say a massive thank you to this Allied Waste here in Clonmellon for the support that they have giving to us from the start of our clean up.
The following is a breakdown of some of the waste by kg that we have collected May 1st 380kg - May21 320kg - May 22nd 380 kg
Allied is also helping us by allowing us to use land at the entrance to the industrial estate. Horticulture adviser Sean Mullen has kindly agreed to start working on plans for this
A lot of work carried out here, this took a lot of time to clean up. We removed the big tree stump and stone that was close to the wall, and we removed the ivy off all the walls on the approaching and side roads. Now we have a clear area to work on for next year’s entry. We repaired this bench at the entrance to the village now we have a nice seating area where you can relax. As you can see we have cleaned up this space, thanks to Karen and Shane and their friend Emma for removing all the Ivy off the trees. We have painted the guards and the gate red also we replanted the flowerbed around the signs.
We would like to thank Christian in Daybreak for hosting this fund raiser for the Tidy Towns and all those who gave so generously.
We had great weather for this on the day and we raised €550!
This money will help buy new equipment that we need.
We are making good progress as you can see when you walk around our village and a lot of people have commented on the improvements in all areas, we appreciate these words of encouragement.
Just a thought
In 2001 Mary Reynolds entered the Chelsea Flower Show and won the
gold medal for her garden design. She was the youngest woman to win
a gold medal since the Chelsea Flower Show commenced in 1913. This is
what she wrote on her application.
“People travel the world over to visit untouched places of natural
beauty, yet modern gardens pay little heed to the simplicity and beauty
of these environments.
These special places we all must preserve and protect, each in his/ her
own way before they are lost forever”
Mary is now listed as one of the top ten ( 10 ) landscape designers of all
We think this says it all, if we apply this to us, just look at what we have
all around us here in Clonmellon, in our gardens, our Heritage, history,
people, as Mary says keep it simple and we can achieve a lot.
Gardening tips for Summer
Out of all the months of the year, June is the one that gardeners look
forward to the most. The frost has abated; the long summer days and
short nights allows you to spend more time in the garden, either in a
social context or just for the love of it. You don’t have to be a expert in
order to enjoy one of mother nature’s showiest months but it helps if
you can give her a dig out to help her look her best. Here are some tips
for your garden and tasks to do in June.
Weeding is a task that nobody likes doing, but with all this good
weather the weeds won’t far behind (if not already there).
- The trick is to get them before they become a problem and
that means weeding as often as possible. Try not to use herbicides,
as this is often over used and can also be damaging to other more
ornamental plants if not used correctly.
- Deadheading flowers will encourage fresh growth and perhaps
another burst of color. Cut back any spring flowering perennials
Tips. Spring flowering perennials and blubs can be lifted and
- Pests are also getting a foothold in June, like weeds, you will need
to keep an eye open before they become a problem. Some of the
more common pests at this time of year are greenfly, caterpillars,
slugs, vine weevil and whitefly (more of a greenhouse pest).
Once again, avoid using chemicals, as they also target the
good guys who feed on the pests. Most of the pests can be
controlled by removal by hand (use gloves) or by placing a bird
bath/feeding table which will attract birds who feed on the pests.
Another method is to allow a section in your garden to go wild,
this will attract predatory insects which will help in pest control.
- Watering newly planted and young plants is vital for keeping them
healthy and looking their best.
Watering with a hose can be very wasteful, try to save as
much as possible by using reclaimed water from house gutters by
catching it in a water butt or use a seepage hose or drip nozzles.
Also mulching the soil around plants will help retain water and
- Some vegetables are tastier when harvested young, such as
carrots, lettuce and beetroot.
Tips. Sow seeds every two weeks to ensure a steady supply of
tasty young snacks.
- It’s safe to put out summer bedding in borders, containers and
hanging baskets (don’t forget to ensure drainage holes in
containers and hanging baskets). Sow seeds of herbaceous
If you have a greenhouse or poly-tunnel ensure that they are well
ventilated and shaded.
When you enter the Tidy Town you have to produce a 3 year plan
we are working on this and a lot of work has gone into it.
If you would like to contribute this plan please contact us at email
"We have entered our village into the Tidy Towns Competition for the first time since 2009, This is a competition that should inspire our community to pull together and for all to play their part in getting our village ready for judging day. Being a volunteer allows individuals to practice their passion for the good of their community. This could be landscaping, built environment, sustainable living, local wildlife or organizing a litter pick up. We have a lot of work to do and some of the projects we want to undertake will require some time to complete. We are confident that we can meet these challenges as a group and as a community."
We have plans to do the following
- Tidy up all plant / flower arrangements
- Introduce new bedding / plant arrangements
- Have 2 new welcome signs made
- Have a pollinator garden (up at the industrial estate)
- Have Clean Up weekends / weekdays
- Build a new feature at the entrance to the village from the Kells road.
- Have a community garden
Please Clean Up After Your Dog
This is a big problem all around our village and housing estate’s.
People need to stop and think before they take their dog out for a walk. Our
children walk on our street play in our green areas and this is what they
are playing in, so please clean up after your dog. There is a 3,000 fine
for those who let their dog foul on the streets and green areas, we will
report dog owners who continue to let their dog dirty our footpaths
and green areas.
Under Section 22 of the Litter Pollution Act 1997 it is an offence to allow a dog under your control to foul a public place. This means the owner or person in charge of the dog is required to remove dog faeces and dispose of them in a suitable, sanitary manner.
CODER DUNGEON TABLE QUIZ - 10/02/2018
Coder Dungeon Clonmellon held a Fun Table Quiz on Saturday, February 10th in the Community Centre. There was a good turn out despite the weather.
The quiz was interactive and fast paced with Karsten Bruck as Quizmaster.
The questions were suitable for all ages with a few tricky ones thrown in to get the brain cells working.
Karsten, Yolanda and John organised a superb evenings entertainment which saw a turn out of both young and (not so young). With access to the quiz via laptops and tablets it brought the humble table quiz into the 21st centuary.
With snacks provided for everybody and tea and Coffee aswell as soft drinks available it was a pleasant evenings entertainment among friends and neighbours.
Bring on the next one!
HUNT BLOCKS VILLAGE FOOTPATH - 13/01/2018
Today saw a hunt in the village and as usual at least one vehicle parks on the footpath and blocks it for pedestrians. As can be seen from the image below the offending vehicle and trailer is blocking the footpath although not completely, pedestrians are able to manouvre around the vehicle however a parent pushing a pram would need to move onto the unfinished surface to pass and wheelchair users would have no chance.
On this particular stretch of road there is only one footpath so pedestrians cannot cross over the road. It seems this is a regular occurance whenever there is a hunt on. This behaviour should not be tolerated and pedestrians, parents and wheelchair users need to make their voice heard by contacting the gardai in delvin and reporting the offence. This is a public footpath for use by pedestrians.
Christmas fayre 2017
On Friday, December 1st there was a Christmas fayre held in the market Square with everything from fake snow to homemade gifts aswell as tasty homemade food and beverages to warm the cockles of every heart. With a mix of young and young at heart it was great to see so many people turn out to witness and be part of the switching on of the Christmas lights.. Santa arrived at 7pm and was a great hit with the children, he used the mens shed as his grotto which was literally transformed from a working mens shed to an amazing santas grotto complete with 2 elves and a magical fireplace. Joan Daly did a great job as compere for the evening and she kept all the old favoutite Christmas songs playing to keep everybody in the festive mood. Thanks also to everybody who volunteered with all the preparation that went into creating such a magical fayre.
Playground gets a minor facelift - August 2017 by S.G.
The playground has recently undergone a minor transformation with new metal railings added to replace the old broken wooden ones. A new structure has also been erected to replace the old one which underwent fire damage in 2015, the new one has allready been taken over by the local teenagers and is currently being used as a smoking hut. Some of the local lads have also made the playground into their own personal football ground and have even refused to stop playing football when approached by a local lady who had her two young children in the playground. Westmeath County Council are to be complimented on repairing the playground to a high standard, unfortunately they may find themselves returning many times as the playground has allready had the some of the newly fixed railings shaken loose from the concrete base.
Coder Dungeon Grand Opening - July 1st 2017 by Barbara-Ann McKenna
Congratulations to the team on the launch of the Coder Dungeon at the Clonmellon Community centre today, it was a very quick and fun filled two hours. The room has undergone a fantastic transformation from a dark store room to a wonderful enviroment for children to learn coding ETC. The winners of the logo design competiotion with a prize of a family pass to Tayto park were James McKenna and Cian Clarke both age 10 and both now members of the club. Refreshments were served and a raffle with lots of prizes. WE wish them every success for the future.
You can follow the Coder Dungeon on Facebook. Adult computer classes starting also.