On the 1st of February 2020 Swords Tidy Towns have organised a cleanup of the valley of the river Ward. The event was well advertised through social media channels and the residents associations and have attracted over 30 volunteers on the day. Because of the size of the valley it was decided to designate three meeting points – one on the southside and one on the northside of the valley, and one at our regular meeting place. Each meeting point had been assigned a team leader to organise the volunteers in their group.
In a couple of hours of litter picking our dedicated volunteers have filled up over 75 bags of rubbish! That shows what a dedication and a community spirit can do. We are grateful for all the help we received from the residents, and we are also saying thank you to the Fingal County Council for the provision of extra bags and pickers, and also for a quick removal of the rubbish bags.
This year, as part of the Science Week (10-17 Nov 2019 ) Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), in partnership with Coillte, have launched a nationwide tree planting initiative which seen 30, 000 saplings being planted across the country.
Swords Tidy Towns have joined Swords Woodland Association, Fingal County Council and the Easy Treesie – Crann Project to help plant 1,000 Coillte saplings with their community as a Climate Action. The mix of oak, alder, willow and birch has been planted in the Ward River Valley “The Jacko” and Broadmeadow Linear Park. A few trees have been also planted at the Malahide road roundabout by our Swords Tidy Towns volunteers.
On Thursday 24th of October we had our annual Quiz Night to rise funds for Swords Tidy Towns. It was a fantastic success which is due to the people of Swords who came out in large numbers to support us. The final total raised was nearly €1,500. There were a few hiccups during the night mainly the sound system and the answers check list sheets at the end. This was all due to a few last-minute problems which came up earlier in the day which was beyond the control of the pub management. Swords Tidy Towns wish to thank the staff and management of the Borough Pub for pulling it off so we didn’t have to cancel the evening. We hope it didn’t spoil your enjoyment too much. A big thank you must also go to all the local businesses who gave so generously we couldn’t have done it without you. Well done to all the Quiz winners and those who picked up a raffle prize on the night, we look forward to your continued support into the future in helping us to bring the Gold Medal to the beautiful town of Swords next year.
Swords Tidy Towns have instigated an Upcycling initiative which involves finding new homes for unwanted Musical Instruments. The initiative was a great success with the two local schools we approached. Their music teachers were delighted to take the instruments from us saying it was a fantastic project. We have had expressions of interest from other schools in the Swords area who would like to link up with us on this project. Swords Tidy Towns are sending out a request to our many followers and their families and friends to contact us if they are willing to donate a musical instrument in reasonable condition to be used in a teaching environment. Any musically orientated groups out there in need of instruments who wish to partake in this project please register your interest and we will contact you. The contact for donations and registering is Ken Duffy Chairperson 0866008313.
Swords Tidy Towns is putting out a request to all our loyal followers to please post and promote our Quiz night on their social media. Your support is very much needed and appreciated by all our hard working volunteers, hope we see you all on the night. We would also ask local business to help us out if they can with a donation of a prize to be raffled on the night.