Ahiohill has a Tidy plan and major ambition for the village.
They’re only up and running since last Spring but the 30strong Tidy Towns Committee in one rural West Cork village have very ambitious plans.
New pavements, upgraded street lighting, bug and bee hotels, litter picking and lots of planting are on the agenda for Ahiohill.
“The purpose of the group is to enhance Ahiohill village’s streetscape - we want to improve the appearance of our village in conjunction with Cork County Council,” said committee spokeswoman Deirdre O’Regan. “We are looking to upgrade our streetlights and provide footpaths in the village as we currently don’t have any.
“We’re also planning to do some wildflower planting in the area and establish some bee and bug hotels within our community,” she said.
The group is currently seeking more volunteers to help with planned works. It is seeking everyone from litter-pickers to people with woodwork skills who could help make the bee and bug hotels as well as gardeners to help with planting and wildflower cultivation.
Ahiohill entered the Cork County Council Anti-Litter Challenge in May and June came fourth in their category which, says Deirdre, was a very good showing given the sizable number of entries and the fact that this was the group’s very first year in oper- ation. “We picked a lot of litter which was thrown from cars and dumped over the years and we are on top of that now.” Once some motorists turned off the main road, she said, they tend to “open the windows and fire it all out”. The committee has also erected some beautiful and eye-catching village signs - Ahiohill means the Field of the Yew Tree and a new logo has been specially created for the Ahiohill Tidy Towns Committee featuring the branch and berries of the Yew.
It also arranged for the refurbishment of the wall around the local church. “It is something that people really notice when they enter the vil- lage. It really brightens up the outside of the church,” she observed.
In its first National Tidy Towns’ outing, the village scored just under 200 points in a very competitive West Cork village category.
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At the launch of the new Tidy Towns Committee at Ahiohill was Ralph O’Regan, Liam Murphy, Cllr Gillian Coughlan, Donal Walsh, Finbarr Walsh and Deirdre and Saorla O’Regan.