Citizen Heros

Over the past few weeks I have been very lucky to have been working with some very dedicated people. These citizen don’t seek to stand out, instead they work tirelessly for their communities, their hard work often going unnoticed.

The people I am talking about are the community volunteer committees working to improve our towns and villages throughout County Mayo and Ireland. Many of these committees go under the title of Tidy Town Committees.  Tidy Towns was set up in 1958, and was initially used to encourage towns to improve their environs by planting flowers and trees. Today, Tidy Towns is much more than that, encompassing such themes as sustainability and biodiversity.

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I have been working with groups in Westport, Mulranney, Belmullet, Castlebar and Balla delivering Leave No Trace Biodiversity Training Workshops. The pilot programme is being delivered in partnership with South West Mayo Development Group CGL (SWMDC). The workshops are raising awareness of local biodiversity, what can be done in communities to protect and enhance biodiversity, and how biodiversity is linked to the Leave No Trace ethos and use of our outdoor spaces.

For me the most inspiring element of delivering the workshops are the groups themselves and their enthusiasm for improving their local areas. These community volunteers are working for the greater good of their communities. They don’t just plant window boxes. They create community gardens, build and install bird, bat and bug boxes, plant orchards,  and encourage others to actively participate in the community.

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These are the unsung heros of our communities.  No job is too small (they will stop to pick up litter where ever they walk), and no challenge too big. If you are a local business owner I urge you to get behind your local Tidy Town group. If you are just an interested citizen, Tidy Town committees arcoss the country are always looking for volunteers to help. Why not give it a go.

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Citizen Heros

      1. Eliza Waters

        Nothing quite so similar, but there are volunteer committees here in local govt, like Conservation and Energy committees, and non-profits like Land Trust, Audubon, and Nature Conservancy. Thousands of hours of labor and organization, equal to $ millions, all freely given with huge results.

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  1. Leya

    Wonderful people – and so very needed! I work with local biologists who work a bit like you do too. But so many more people need to engage in our environment – and it all starts locally!

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  2. dust4y

    How heartening and one never realises how much such committees do. Just to get people to realise that even the smallest actions can help and inspire them to do more. Your recognition and support is part of that process – good for you.

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