Limerick Parks Department Colours the City

Limerick Parks Department Colours the City

Press Release

Monday, 15 August 2011
 
The Parks Department of Limerick City Council says it has been inundated with calls and emails praising its city centre floral displays this year. 
 
The new 'Bridges in Bloom' basket and flower tiers have been singled out for the splash of colour they are delivering.  The nineteen staff in the Parks Department started planting programme seeds and seedlings in April and the actual planting of thousands of bedding plants began in May. 

David Murphy A/Superintendent Parks Department said; “This year we are delighted with the colour combinations we have achieved.  We tried to get the displays out earlier this year and were worried about our flowers baskets on the bridges when they were buffeted by wind and rain in early June but they survived and have now thrived. We have also provided a display in front of King John's Castle and on the roundabouts as a focal point for visitors and tourists in the City." 
Joggers and walkers are also benefitting from the generous displays in boxes overhanging the river.

This year the Parks Department of Limerick City Council have developed an environmentally friendly collection system in its nursery which harvests up to 10,000 litres of rainwater. This is then used in the tractors that can be seen watering the flower displays every day.  At the moment the flower baskets are being fed nutrients to extend the life of the flowers - and the length of time of the display. 
 
The work of the staff in maintaining and weeding the flower displays is very visible - but they are also undertaking an extensive grass cutting programme.
This includes cutting over 330 acres of greens in estates at this time of year as well as starting wallflowers for the winter programme of bedding and pruning.
The public is encouraged to visit parks such as the People's Park and O'Brien's Park to see the rose beds and other varieties on display.
 
The Limerick Communications Office which runs the Limerick Street Ambassador Programme said both tourists and locals alike have commented on how well the flowers in the city centre look.
 
“Our Street Ambassadors have been inundated with both local people and visitors to Limerick complimenting the work of the Parks Department,” said spokesperson Laura Ryan.
 
“We believe the floral features and parks are a real boost to all who live, work and visit Limerick city centre giving everyone a real sense of civic pride.”
 
 ENDS


 
 
 



Last update:16/08/2011

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