Providing for our present needs while leaving enough for future generations
UN Sustainable Development Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. In Raheny Tidy Towns we strive to uphold goals 13, 14 and 15 while recognising the importance of the other goals.
Sweeping up the leaves from the deciduous trees is one of the big jobs we do in Raheny each autumn. We leave leaves alone where possible but it is important to have footpaths clear to avoid injury to pedestrians.
We now have three large leaf compost bins in the Scout's Den and one on Watermill Road and to compost leaves. See photo of compost bin and also using the compost on a new flower bed. Dublin City Council have placed leaf compost cages in Maywood as a pilot scheme for compost leaves from the estate.
We have installed two water butts in the Scouts Den to harvest rainwater , and use this to water plants in the village. In the planters and hanging baskets, we choose drought tolerant plants which need less watering
Our goal is that 80% of the plants we plant are pollinator friendly plants.
Examples of some of the pollinator friendly actions we have taken are:
- The planters in the village and the flower beds we maintain around the village all contain pollinator friendly species
- The area under the trees opposite Supervalu has a bug hotel and is maintained as a habitat for woodland plants.
- We support 'no mow May' which encourages people not to cut their lawns in May and allow wildflowers to bloom.
- We have just planted a wildflower garden with native Irish wildflowers.
We aim to grow more and more plants from seed, cuttings, or donations from our volunteers' gardens in order to reduce plastic waste. The herb planter in this photo was planted with chives, thyme, mint and oregano donated from the gardens of volunteers.
One of our long term goals is to make a river walk through the village.
The River Santry and surrounding area is cleaned regularly. DCC Pollution Control cleaned the river from Lough Derg to the village and removed a huge amount of rubbish but there is still a lot to do.
The vegetation beside the river has been tidied but still has a wild, natural look. We are always striving to encourage biodiversity and the natural vegetation along the river bank is flourishing. The flower bed beside the Scouts Den has been planted with native species to encourage pollinators and a bug hotel has been installed to provide a habitat for insect life.
Two of our volunteers received Community Grant Funding to attend a training course on monitoring water quality using macroinvertebrates. The aim is to monitor the water quality of the Santry river, raise awareness about the importance of the river in our community and train other volunteers how to carry out invertebrate surveys.
We understand the damage that pesticides and herbicides can do to pollinators so we are committed to being a pesticide and herbicide free organisation. We have signed up to the All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2021 - 2025 and one of the actions we would like to take is to encourage residents to cultivate pesticide and herbicide free gardens.