Blackrock Tidy Towns launch their Guerilla Gardening campaign

Guerilla gardeners encouraged residents in the village to plant flowers that are bee and butterfly friendly in an effort to stem the decline in numbers of these essential pollinating insects

Guerilla gardeners encouraged residents in the village to plant flowers that are bee and butterfly friendly in an effort to stem the decline in numbers of these essential pollinating insects

In the space of about 90 minutes the guerrillas, who wore masks in order to remain anonymous, transformed the space into a fully-fledged cottage garden. Passers-by were provided with information and a starter pack of seeds to raise their awareness of what was going on.

As the flowers bloom over the summer months it is hoped that they will attract large numbers of butterflies and bees to the garden.

The Tidy Towns, in conjunction with the Park Committee, have also planted similar flowers in the biodiversity and inter-generational gardens in the park.

They ask that everyone with a private garden consider planting at least some of the appropriate cottage garden type flowers rather than bedding plants this summer, so that they can contribute to overcoming the threat to the pollinating insects and make Blackrock a butterfly and bee friendly village.

The event was co-ordinated on behalf of the Tidy Towns by Dr. Pamela Whitaker of Groundswell, and supported by the Environment Section of Louth County Council.