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Green Kilometre Scheme 2018

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 community. With over 5,000 kilometers 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 kilometer of road in their area- preferably a quiet, local road in terms of safety. The group would then commit to maintain the chosen kilometer over the course of a year.

A judge will visit each Green Kilometre twice in the year- once in April and once in September. They will assess the sites “before and after” in terms of litter, hedge maintenance, care of heritage features etc.

Small prizes 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

  • 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.

  • Cleaning around roadsigns to maintain visibility

  • Reporting illegal dumping

  • Planting appropriate trees and shrubs

  • Improving hedges (sections of traditional hedgelaying would be very welcome)

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

The council looks forward to seeing many green kilometers around the county in 2018 and beyond!

Applications should be submitted by 5pm on Monday 26th of March

Judging will be done on a “before and after” basis, so any hedgecutting can be done from September 1st onwards and the second round of judging will occur during September and October.

Application forms 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

Kildare Green Kilometre Application Form

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