|A wildflower meadow in Cnoc na Greine.
Vandalism of Cnoc na Greine biodiversity efforts has prompted a letter to all residents from the estate’s Biodiversity Group, expressing dismay at the incidents, writes Brian Byrne.
Scots Pine saplings and Viburnum shrubs have been targeted in what the Group describe as either ‘mindless vandalism’ or ‘criminal damage’.
This is against the background of planting of 68 native tree saplings and many shrubs which are crucial as early sources of food for pollinating insects by the Group with the approval of the Residents Association.
The seeding of a native wildflower meadow and leaving areas to naturally re-wild are also elements of the Cnoc na Greine efforts for the Kilcullen Biodiversity Plan, which is informed by the National Biodiversity Plan. “Our work has been thwarted by this needless destruction,” the letter to residents states, signed by Mark Reid, Ilona Brede, Ann Cashman and Cliona Kelliher.
Noting that the Group’s work is aimed at helping to mitigate the Government-declared National Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, the letter also reminds residents that it will hopefully also lead to a more beautiful and naturally diverse environment for those living in the estate. “These efforts are not for ourselves, but for our children and future generations who will inhabit this estate,” they say.