Ahio­hill has a Tidy plan and ma­jor am­bi­tion for the vil­lage.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Áilín Quin­lan

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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Pic­ture De­nis Boyle

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.

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