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Local Authority Name: Cavan County Council

Project Name: “What we have to offer” – Cavan County Council’s approach to supporting the Green School Programme

Project Description:
Due to the ongoing reduction in resources available to both schools and local authorities it is evident that changes were required in terms of the support available to schools from local authorities as schools strive towards achieving green flags.  This led to a “what have we to offer” approach being adopted by Cavan County Council in terms of interacting with schools within the green school programme.  Cavan County Council has many “in-house experts” when it comes to the themes within the green school programmes i.e. litter & waste – energy – water – roads/travel – biodiversity.

Local Authority Name: Cavan Town Council

Project Name: Cavan Edible Gardens Project

Project Description:
Cavan Town Council, in partnership with residents groups in its urban area, has established the Edible Gardens Project. The aim of the project is to support residents groups who wish to promote wildlife and biodiversity interests where they live. Under the Project there is an emphasis on supporting parents and children in becoming involved. The residents benefit by becoming more aware of the wildlife which lives beside them. They also have the chance to build friendships and to celebrate about what is unique to their area in terms of flora and fauna.

Under the project, street groups work to put in berries, flowering and fruiting plants to provide food for people, animals, birds and insects. In this way the focus of estate enhancement work is to bring life, as well as colour, to public areas and to educate and promote sustainable development.

Local Authority Name: Dublin City Council ***WINNER***

Project Name: Tolka Valley Greenway

Project Description:
The project is a complete turnaround in taking the Tolka, a previously polluted urban river in Dublin with an existing landfill but a long cultural heritage, and re-imagining it as a new spine of green infrastructure which connects people and habitats. Extended parklands of a total of nearly 20 hectares have been restored with a variety of native habitats and linked throughout by a 4 km cycle route with potential to go further in future inland and towards the coast. The project provides sustainable management of the river, allowing flooding while protecting habitats, controlling quality of water entering the river and developing salmonid fisheries potential. A new bridge connects existing and recent developments to promote social inclusion and improve access. New wetlands treat road run-off and provide an amenity for recreation and biodiversity. The river is the heart of the area once more.

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