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Green Kilometre Scheme

When it comes to communities looking after their area to deal with littering and dumping, Kildare is well served with a network of Tidy Towns groups in almost every town and village in the county. But Kildare County Council is aware that there are groups and individuals in rural areas who would like to become involved in looking after their own locality. With over 2,500 kilometres of roads in the county, it is hoped that these communities will work to improve these targeted areas.

So rather than just asking people to pick up litter, we are asking groups and individuals to choose a kilometre of road in their area- preferably a quiet, local road in terms of safety. The group would then commit to maintain the chosen kilometre over the course of a year. Each Green Kilometre will be looked at twice in the year- not to judge, but to offer advice in terms of litter, hedge maintenance, care of heritage features etc.

Small prizes of some native trees and shrubs are on offer for all projects submitted. More importantly, it is an opportunity for your community to work together on a project that benefits everybody.

 The following examples are some of the activities that can be included:

 

  • Removing litter
  • Managing hedgerows and verges 
  • Restoring heritage features such as old farm gates or walls.

 

Permission from landowners should be obtained first and protected structures should only be maintained following professional advice.

Please remember that the cutting of hedges is banned from March 1st to September 1st

Applications can be submitted at any time of the year

The council looks forward to seeing many green kilometres around the county in 2020 and beyond!

 

Application forms, available here should be sent to dwyer@kildarecoco.ie or posted to:

Dara Wyer, Environment Section, Kildare County Council, Devoy Park, Naas, Co. Kildare.

Tel.: 045 980588