Waterford City Centre is doing its bit to help with bee conservation.
The City in Bloom project has grown from around 40 window boxes and hanging baskets to over 450 floral displays sprouting up around the City Centre and further afield.
Ferrybank, Ballinakill Shopping Centre, Ballybricken and the new Cultural Quarter, centred around O’Connell Street, are all now an integral part CIB. Additional support is given by the likes of Waterford Train Station and the Port of Waterford.
It’s a collaboration between the Waterford Business Group and Waterford Council.
This year for the first time pollinator friendly flowers have been added.
There are over 130 businesses are taking part in the project for 2018. The WBG have entered into an agreement, with Waterford Council, to run and administer the project until 2024. The value of the project will be worth circa €300,000 by the end of the 10 year cycle. It is hoped that every single business will eventually get involved and that the City will be synonymous with Summer blooms, in years ahead.
“WBG are delighted that Seamus Reynolds and the Morris’s DIY Team are back on board sponsoring this initiative. It is important that we put our best foot, or flower, forward during the Summer months. This is our shop window for tourists and visitors alike. We’d love everyone to be able to look at shop fronts, the colourful floral display and say “WOW, what a beautiful City this is!” stated Michael Garland.
The CIB bloom project is supported by a grant from Waterford Council, the many businesses who purchase the flowers and the volunteer body that is the Waterford Business Group. Whitfield Bedding Nursery, through Catherine Nolan, grow, plant, nurture, feed, water and maintain the displays throughout the whole Summer months.
Pictured: Cllr.Eddie Mulligan and Michael Garland, Waterford Business Group, Zoe Cregan, Marketing, Morris’s DIY, John and Catherine Nolan, Whitfield Bedding, George Kehoe, Waterford Business Group and Fergus Galvin, Waterford City & County Council.