Stories | 29 July 2020

Bee happy: Local children create a pollinator plan for Inchicore

Bee happy: Local children create a pollinator plan for Inchicore
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Local children at Richmond Barracks present Lord Mayor Hazel Chu with their plans for improving pollination in Inchicore. The work produced as part of a 4-day biodiversity workshop led by Polly Rowley-Sams will feed into the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.

During their time at Richmond Barracks the children have got their hands dirty, helping to welcome two new beehives to the garden and embarking on a journey to explore nature, wildlife and biodiversity in their local area. As part of the project they have developed ideas for ways to help improve biodiversity in their neighbourhood, creating a series of information sheets for other children in the area to use.

Polly Rowley-Sams will return to Richmond Barracks in August with a 4 week eco-gardening course for adults. Participants will learn hands-on how to encourage biodiversity in their own gardens, how to treat pests with less pesticides and have loads of fun exploring the best way to build an eco-garden.

These workshops have been developed as part of Culture Connects at Richmond Barracks, a Dublin City Council Culture Company programme.

Culture Connects is a year-round programme that invites people in the city to try out new things. From genealogy to gardening, baking to books, offering a tailored introduction to a wide range of cultural possibilities and supporting people to creatively explore, make and nurture new things.

Richmond Barracks and gardens, in Inchicore, is open to the public, with full health and safety measures in place. The centre is open from Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and offers a range of public tours and activities. Including a historical tour of Richmond Barracks, a Richmond Barracks to Kilmainham Walking Tour alongside Culture Connects workshops in gardening, painting, writing, singing and dancing.

Richmond Barracks will also welcome the newly rehoused Inchicore library (operated by Dublin City Libraries) to the building from Monday 10th August.

Visit the Richmond Barracks website for more information about current classes, tours and events.