Pollinator Award for Tymon Park

by Rachel Cunningham
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Tymon Park has won the prestigious 2022/23 Pollinator Award for the best Town Park in Ireland as part of the Green Flag scheme. 

On raising the flag, Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Councillor Emma Murphy said

 “Over the past number of years SDCC have greatly increased the number of natural meadows in parks and open spaces across the county including in Tymon Park. Presently Tymon Park has over 41 ha (100 acres) of long flowering meadows that are being managed for pollinators. The primary aim of this action is to improve habitats for pollinators as one third of our wild bees in Ireland are under threat due to a loss of food and shelter.’

Tymon Park has also been awarded a Green Flag for the fourth time in succession. 

The Green Flag Award is an international benchmark that recognises and rewards high-quality parks and green spaces. This year over 2,300 public sites in 16 countries around the World have achieved Green Flag or Green Flag Community Award status, the award scheme is managed in Ireland by An Taisce. It rates the management of parks by local authorities across criteria including safety, cleanliness, conservation, sustainability, and community involvement. 

Tymon Park is one of 104 Green Flag sites in Ireland.

Cllr. Emma Murphy Mayor of South Dublin speaks at the Raising of the Green Flag for Tymon Park Picture Ben Ryan

‘This award is a huge honour for everyone in SDCC and park users, I believe the green flag demonstrates how much care and effort the Park’s staff put into maintaining the park and how much the local community use and appreciate the park. A special mention must go out to the Friends of Tymon who play an active role in the park providing community participation, litter picks, and getting involved in engagement on new initiatives and park maintenance – all of this feeds into the green flag application and management programme for the park.

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