Events, Talks and Workshops

Swords Tidy Towns members are very much involved in their local community and are activily participating in many different local events, as well as organising some events and activities of their own. Our active involvement serves many purposes including increased visibility of Swords Tidy Towns, recruitment of new members, educating and raising awareness, networking, supporting local communities, gaining knowledge and improving our skills in new areas and activities. Below are some of those events from the last couple of years.

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Sustainable Gardening Course

Fingal County Council has organised a free 5 session sustainable gardening course held in Swords Applewood.

Our mentor Aoife Munn, lecturer environmentalist and horticulturist welcomed us at the Community Centre and explained the benefits of herbicide and pesticide free gardening.

The importance of companion planting and encouraging beneficial insects as well as wildflowers was covered too.

We had some hands on instruction on making newspaper seedling pots for wildflower seeds, probably a bit late in the year now, but we’ll see how it goes.

The next two sessions were held at the Broadmeadows Community Garden where we could try some of the techniques for planting and pruning ourselves.

About a dozen participants, three or four of whom were Swords Tidy Towns members, took part, and I am sure everyone took some useful ideas away from it.

Pumpkin Carving at the Castle

Some of our Swords Tidy Towns volunteers gave up a few hours of their time to carve out some creepy pumpkin faces in the Castle for the “Halloween Pumpkin Patch” 2021 event at the castle . New skills gained and lots of laughter shared. Thank you to Paul Barnes FCC for the goody bags.

Biodiversity walk with Ballyboughal Hedgerow Society

We were delighted to welcome Ann Lynch from the Ballyboughal Hedgerow Society and their biodiversity course group for their field trip in Swords. Thanks to John Ducie for sharing his knowledge with us. Was really lovely to meet and chat with members from other Tidy Towns groups.

Science Week – Tree Planting

Swords Tidy Towns joined Swords Woodland Association and Easy Treesie organisations together with St. Cronan’s SNS and Broadmeadow Community Garden to plant 1,000 trees for Science Week in November 2019.

Master Composter Training Programme

Our member Ramune Kuzminiene participated in the Master Composter training programme organised by Fingal County Council in conjunction with the Stop Food Waste programme in Skerries during the month of October 2019.

Charity Coffee Morning

Our member Malachy McGee attended a charity Coffee Morning in aid of Snowflakes Autism Support at Colourtrend in Swords in October 2019.

Greener Communities

Swords Tidy Towns members enjoyed the Greener Communities Awards night in October 2019. It was an opportunity for us to mingle, and meet and greet our fellow Fingal volunteers.

Collaborating with Fingal Horticultural Society

A few members of Swords Tidy Towns are also members of Fingal Horticultural Society. They participate in many events, talks, conferences and workshops. Our Best Business Frontage and Window Display  competition is a joint effort with Fingal Horticultural Society as well. Below are photos from some of those events from different years.

The Launch of Swords Town Park Well

In July 2019 Swords Tidy Towns was invited to the official launch of the new Swords Town Park Well. Our new Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Eoghan O’Brien, was in attendence along with other high profile council personnel.

Flavours of Fingal Festival

Our Swords Tidy Towns members Matt Cullen and George Mongey were manning our stall at the Flavours of Fingal Festival in June 2019.

Fingal Public Participation Network AGM

Mary Maxwell, Matt Cullen and Ken Duffy attended the Fingal Public Participation Network AGM in the Carnegie Hotel Swords in November 2017. In the second picture Ken Duffy and George Mongey are attending the same meeting in May 2019.

The Big Hello

As part of the National Community Weekend Fingal Scheme, we opened our lovely garden to the community in May 2019. This could not have happened without the support of the Fingal Local Community Development Committee, Fingal County Council, Fingal PPN and the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Tidy Towns Conferences

St. Patrick’s Parade Swords

The happiest of all participations is the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Swords. Have a look at Swords Tidy Towns throughout the years 2015-2019

Biodiversity walk & talk

Swords Tidy Towns organised a biodiversity walk and talk that was held in February 2019.

Pollinator Class

Swords Tidy Towns organised a pollinator class in February 2018.

Furniture Restoration Class

The furniture restoration class was attended by a few members of Swords Tidy Towns in April 2017.

Composting Class

A very successful composting class was organised by our member George Mongey, which was given by Nuala Madden from the Irish Peatland Conservation in February 2017.