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“We would have been getting ready from January, to be honest,” George said. It was a bad spring – long, wet and cold – but weather is often a challenge for gardening in Inishowen, he said. The warm weather during the Open brought its own challenges for the physical work.

“It’s all about encouraging wildlife,” George said. To measure the meadow’s success, George assesses the local bee population by walking a two-kilometre transect regularly and counting the bee species he observes there.

He reached down to a yellow rattle, a grassland annual. “It’s full of seeds,” he explained. And sure enough, when George shook one of the blossoms, the rattle of seeds could be heard. The plant helps to suppress grass growth, allowing flowering plants to flourish: While these meadows may appear wild, their growth is managed in this herbicide-free zone with only occasional cutting.

“But it all came good,” George said. “People pulled out all the stops. People put in a big effort, the whole community.”

George and his two-person seasonal team are also responsible for the roundabouts at Bridgend and at the entrance to the town; maintaining hedgerows and 20-odd acres of grass on county land; and planting trees and the containers that bring colour and pollinators to town streets.

There is a smaller meadow near the Buncrana tourist office, at the Amazing Grace Park. It is hard to believe this was wasteland not so long ago. A manmade pond is nestled among paths and pollinator-friendly plants, such as Russian sage, verbena and stalks of purple loosestrife. Council engineers were involved in designing the meadows, with George selecting the plants.

The work of the town gardener is year-round, with these months spent tending to plants in place and planning and ordering new ones for next year. A major project for the whole town this year was the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin Golf Club. Inishowen shone in the international spotlight, during a week of splendid sunshine.

The colourful plantings that line approach roads to the town of Buncrana or burst from large containers throughout the town not only brighten the townscape but play an environmental role.

The national initiative encourages everyone, from local authorities to schools, businesses and community groups to individuals, to nurture Ireland’s bee population with pollen-rich plantings and other actions.

Donegal seeds

Quality agricultural seeds for sale including grass seed, barley seed, and Kale. Call 074 9130772 to order seed.

Seeds are preorder and next day delivery does not apply

The Glebe, Stranorlar
Lifford, Co. Donegal

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