Bee-friendly flowerbeds are popping up everywhere around Bunclody as the CountryLife Garden Centre there has donated free flowering perennials and wild flower seeds to the local Tidytowns committee and the Carrigduff Residents Association to help protect species at risk of extinction.
The leading farm and rural retailer, owned by Glanbia Ireland, is also giving free wildflower seeds to customers at its network of 14 award-winning CountryLife garden centres across Leinster and Munster and is highlighting in-store which plants are particularly pollinator -friendly. In the Wexford area, its stores are in New Ross, Campileand Bunclody.
CountryLife’s in-store horticulturalists, among them Bunclody’s Fergal Joy, are promoting natural pest control methods and providing free information for customers to help them to reduce or eliminate their use of herbicides.
Glanbia Ireland’s Jessica Kelly said; “Our Irish growers and suppliers, Tully Nurseries and Young Nurseries, donated 1000’s of pollinating plants and Hygeia also donated thousands of Sutton’s Wildflower Seeds for customers and staff.
“One third of our bee species are threatened with extinction. We want to play our part in protecting Irish bees. What better way to do this than helping our customers to sow Irish-grown plants that bees prefer.
“We also want to give back to our local communities in a visible way and support the tireless voluntary work done by our local Tidy Towns groups. The feedback from our own staff has been very encouraging and we’re keen that this spreads across the wider communities we work and live in.”
Louise Fortune and Harte Theresa from Bunclody Tidy Towns pick up their free plants from Fergal Joy, Horticulturalist with Glanbia CountryLife in Bunclody.