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April 27, 2012 / landscapeiskingston

PLACE TO BEE – campaign promotes public awareness of local biodiversity

Click on image to read full text of good practice: PARTICIPATE BEE 4 Biodiversity – competition for school children to design a logo to highlight the importance of the bee was won by Karl Dawson – the poster above is one of a series of good practices designed for Waterways Forward project by Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University.


Public participation and so­cial inclusion through an awareness raising campaign ‘Bee 4 Biodiversity’ has been developed by Waterways Forward project partner South Tipperary County Council.

The campaign be­gan during the public participa­tion process stage of the first South Tipperary Bio­diversity Action Plan.  The campaign promotes public awareness of local biodiversity and encourages public par­ticipation in promoting and ad­dressing their local biodiversity issues. The project contained the following:

  • River Suir Education Packs: S. Tipperary County Muse­um has produced ‘B 4 Biodiver­sity’ inserts for their River Suir Education Packs in partnership with The Heritage Council.
  • Fired by Bees: A ceramic exhi­bition curated by a local potter contained professional, amateur & School childrens’ bee inspired creations in clay and other me­dium, which raised awareness about bees and biodiversity.
  • A Place to Bee: A café to promote biodiversity was held in a disused shop dur­ing the Junction Festival, Clonmel. Drop-in biodiversity workshops were available for adults and children which included making bird houses, bee hotels and wildlife art.
  • Festival Cluain Meala: An an­nual event combining Walled Town celebrations with a Tradi­tional Food and Farming Day. Free workshops and demon­strations are available on the streets of Clonmel, in tradition­al crafts such as harvest knots, bees wax candle making and allotment gardening.

These events showcase the work by the local authority South Tipper­ary County Council in terms of heritage and biodiversity. The events allow the council to engage new au­diences that may not be involved in coun­cil projects. The drop-in type service offers fun educational activities for children while pro­viding the parents with project literature/ information.

The River Suir has been the focus for the campaign including The River Suir Café located in disused premises along the quay in Clonmel. This was a drop in centre showcasing the river and the Waterways For­ward Project.  Various local stakeholder groups involved in promoting multi-functional use of the river were involved e.g. traditional fishing methods; kayaking; walkers. The River Suir Café provided a focal point to gather a ‘shared vision’ for the river which was developed by Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University following a number of pop-up workshops at various locations along the river.  These documents can be viewed here. 1 The Lay of the Land  2 Our Suir Open workshop  3 Suir Local – Carrick-on-Suir  4 Suir Local – Cahir  5 Suir Local – Ardfinnan  6 Suir Local – Clonmel.  A presentation of the documentation summarising the comments and feedback during the individual workshops in Cahir, Carrick-on-Suir, Ardfinnan and Clonmel was made to the South Tipperary Heritage Forum / Regional Stakeholder Platform at the Suir River Café.

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