Sunday, August 14, 2022

An example of the new flower beds at the Bishops Field overlooking the River Moy.

A massive overhaul has been carried out on the Bishop’s Field on the Sligo Road in Ballina by members of the local Tidy Towns group, writes Paul O’Malley.

For many years, the field on the banks of the Moy to the front of the Bishop’s Palace had been overgrown with wildflowers and weeds.

Jim Friel, chairperson of the Ballina Tidy Towns, told the Western People how the group first got involved with the project.

“This field first came about when the Moy was drained in the mid-‘60s and it left a filthy and unusable surface, like you’d find on the bottom of a river. After being left for many years, it turned into a wilderness of nettles and briars.”

“About 20 years ago, Bishop of Killala John Fleming asked the Tidy Towns if we could do something about it because he had got a number of complaints about its general appearance and the condition.”

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, the field is now a picturesque green space complete with flower beds that are thriving with bees and butterflies. The field took around 500 tonnes of topsoil along with levelling it out, seeding it and fertilising it.

“The work was finished in July 2021 and the fruits of the volunteers’ fantastic labour are now more visible with the flowers in full bloom.

“After that, we started piece by piece planting in our flower beds. Four of them are shaped like boats as we’re right next to the Moy and they were designed by people on a local CE scheme. There is also a centrepiece,” explained Jim.

“We have different types of roses and flowers as well as a row of gabion baskets. The work speaks for itself and it has certainly added a lot of colour to this side of the town,” he said.

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