Our rivers are more than a just part of the landscape they flow through. The life force along and within them make these entities themselves something to be cherished and much more can be done to improve their overall ecology. Over the past decade we have all become very aware of the damage that can be caused to our towns and villages when rivers burst their banks. The flood relief work along the Feagle in Clonakilty, the Ilen in Skibbereen, and the Bandon river in Bandon has had the desired effect of putting an end to this perennial problem in our localities but more can be done to improve stability, structure and space along our rivers.
Recently the Clochán Uisce group took part in some tree planting along the banks of local rivers and tributaries supported by a grant from the local water authority. They planted a mix of holly, alder and crab apple. These species were picked for various reasons; their roots will help stabilise the bank along areas that are prone to flooding while also providing shelter for fish and other creatures who make the water course their home. Their leaves, flowers, seeds and fruit will benefit a myriad of insects, birds and mammals. These trees not only add another layer of support to flood relief but also to the overall ecology. Clochán Uisce hopes to identify other areas along our local rivers where similar work can be carried out with the help of landowners, local councils and businesses.
The next of these projects, in partnership with the Clonakilty local council and Tidy Towns, is to plant the existing flower boxes along the inner wall of the Feagle between the Clonakilty post office and fire hall with native and perennial plants to attract beneficial insects to the river. This will in-turn attract more fish and other creatures who will all help develop the ecosystem and improve the health of the river. The group is looking for financial help for this project and is reaching out to the community for support: If you are a local business or individual who would like to sponsor one of these planters (€10 per planter) please contact Clochán Uisce at the email below and they will happily arrange to collect your contribution and provide a receipt.
Clochán Uisce’s next meeting is Saturday April 8, 5pm at 8 St Paul’s Cl, Clonakilty and all are welcome. You can find the group on Instagram or join the mailing list by emailing email@example.com.