Happiness, The earth laughs in flowers -Emerson
Swords Tidy Towns St. Patrick’s Day parade entry this year aimed to encourage residents to plant flowers in their own gardens and residential areas.
Our volunteers upcycled plastic and paper material from www.recreate.ie to create a symphony of vibrant flowers, bringing a brilliant display of colour to the parade.
We hope this will send the message to Swords residents to spruce up our green areas.
Our corresponding press release was printed in two local papers. It urged residents to plant colourful flowers and encourage bees and wildlife. We advocated participation with the Fingal Horticultural society, local resident’s associations, and the Cleaner Communities Awards run by the Council.
Our Facebook page received its largest number of likes on the day, locals became aware of our cause in a positive way. Our clean-up Saturdays had an increase in volunteers. A local Councillor marched with us, which strengthened our relationship. This led to more effective communication to local area committee meetings at Council level for our committee.