by Rose Barrett
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“This mini-festival started as a celebration of bees and now brings together biodiversity, sustainability and the circular economy.

Buzzfest took place on Saturday, September 24, the sixth annual festival to be held since 2016. Phibsboro Tidy Towns reported it was great to be back in person at St Peter’s Church gardens. “Thanks to Fr Devlin and the parishioners for opening up their gardens to the community,” wrote the TTs.

This was the first time the Lord Mayor of Dublin opened Buzzfest – Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Caroline Conroy said: “By holding Buzzfest, Phibsboro Village Tidy Towns is an innovator in Dublin in showing how communities can link actions to science to make a better and healthier environment for people and nature.

“World climate change can be overwhelming and by taking small steps in the community we can make a difference – Think Global, Act Local’.”

The Lord Mayor then handed out prizes for competitions organised by Phibsboro Village TTs for the Best Shop Front, Best Front Gardens and Best Local Wildlife Photo competitions.

Highlights included the Repair Café, planting ‘pollinator’ bulbs, sales of local honey and blessing of the bees. In addition, stalls run by St Peter’s parishioners are donating their proceeds to supporting people living in overcrowded accommodation.

Special guests included Local Authority Waters Programme, Dublin City Council Biodiversity, Bi Urban, insect ecologist, Nessa Darcy and Feebee Forager. Local participants included Phibsboro Men’s Shed, Phizzfest Stitchers, Richard Marsh of Broadstone Basin and Reliable Bikes.

Maeve Cacho won the baking competition which was judged by RTE Presenter Audrey Carville and Ann Marie Dunne and Mary Jenson, TU Dublin lecturers in Pastry and Bakery Arts.

The weather was kind on the day with the rain holding off, which encouraged over 300 participants and visitors to St Peter’s Church Garden to stay and enjoy the afternoon! 

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