Woodford Parish is a place that focuses on caring for our environment, a community that respects and understands our role in nature. We do not simply inhabit our environment; we are a vital component that interacts with other components to create our environment.
The Woodford Biodiversity and Heritage Plan launched in 2021 covers a large area from a radius up to 5 km around Woodford Village up to the shores of Loughatorick. Each area has its own natural beauty and its own challenges. Actions under the 5 elements of the plan have already started (duck nests, bat & bird boxes, flower meadow), are in progress (solitary bees and pollinator friendly verge management, build heritage, burial ground and graveyard inventory & management) or are in preparation with the need a lot of qualified professional input (invasive species control, river quality, freshwater pearl mussels).
Included in the plan are presentations of good practice examples (movies, designs), education and awareness around the proposed actions and DIY initiatives e.g. make your own bird-box to hang in your garden, plant your own tree (hundreds of trees have been distributed within the community to commemorate lost loved ones). Many of the actions in the plan will be repeated on an annual basis.
Ongoing activities to enter Woodford into the annual Supervalu Tidy Towns competition administered by the Department of Rural and Community Development. The competition is judged under various headings:
Community Planning and Involvement; Streetscape and Public areas; Green Spaces and Landscaping; Nature and Biodiversity; Sustainability; Tidiness and Litter Control; Residential Streets and Housing; Approach Roads, Streets and Lanes.
– a heightened awareness of native species and management plans for certain species to bring the focus back to the seasonal beauty that we wish to preserve and protect.
– the key tenet of our plan, creating events to engage people; publishing information; collecting and documenting local knowledge to preserve our cultural heritage as a living history.
– looking at species that are native to our area, that perhaps we take for granted and that now need our help to preserve them for generations to come.
Built Heritage -
– the stories of stone and the building or sites of special significance to our ancestors in a time when humans lived more in harmony with the land and their surroundings.
– we are not the only species to call Woodford our home and the aim of habitats is to improve the living standards for all of us.