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Great facility - Bin a Bag in Centra car park.If you need to dispose of bags of rubbish - bring them to this new 'bin a bag' facility. Simply insert a token or enter a key code - insert rubbish into drum and press the green button to dispose of waste.... Simple!!. Well done Centra.
We first entered the Tidy Towns competition in 2006 and we are very proud of the huge improvements to our village. We are a Sub Committee of Ferns Development Association and work towards making Ferns a pleasant place to live, work and visit. We believe Ferns has a lot to offer and that we can go far by working together, raising awareness of our rich heritage and valuing what makes our community unique – its people.
We encourage residents and businesses to put their best foot forward and to present their premises and indeed footpaths and kerbsides at their best. We would like to thank those who have worked with us during the year on making improvements.
Each year we have a small electrical goods collection. The public are encouraged to bring waste electrical items on a particular day and we arrange to have them brought to Holmestown Waste Management Facility.
Tremendous ProgressWe have made tremendous progress since our first year and are encouraged by our improved standing in the national competition and in particular with the obvious improvements to our village.
Gold Standard Award for participation in the North Wexford 2K clean Certificate in recognition of the contribution to NW2K clean by picking more than five roads.
1st prize in the photography competition as part of the North Wexford 2K Clean.
Tidy Towns Regional Winner of the Irish Water Value Water Award in Best Small Town category.
Keep Wexford Beautiful Environment Awards - Winner of the Value Water Award Village.
Keep Wexford Beautiful Environment Awards - 2nd prize for Best Community Project that tackles and reduces the impact of climate change.
Silver Standard Award for participation in the North Wexford 2k Clean and a special award for contribution to the North Wexford 2k Clean by picking more than 5 roads.
Winner: Keep Wexford Beautiful competition: Best Community Project to improve accessibility in gardens and parks.
Keep Wexford Beautiful Awards: 3rd prize in the Best Heritage Preservation and Conservation Project category
Tidy Towns’ Endeavour Award
Keep Wexford Beautiful ‘Best New Entry Award’
Winner - Landscaping Award
Wildlife & Natural Amenities
How to make your own bird boxes & tablesNow is the time to put your bird boxes out and if you want to know how to build a bird’s nestbox or table for instance you can following this link how to make a bird's nestbox and table. Don’t forget to place the birdbox away from the wind and rain. The link will bring you to ‘Mooney Goes Wild’, this is a great website for all things wild and has a range of information on bats, jackdaws and wildlife gardening and other wildlife.
Sub page of Wildlife & Natural Amenities:
Tips for feeding birds1. Birdtables should be placed where the birds are safe and will be able to feed undisturbed. Avoid putting them near fences or dense hedges, where cats can easily get to them. If there is a small bush nearby, birds can use this as a look-out point to make sure it is safe.
2. The best foods to offer birds in colder weather have a high fat or oil content that will provide abundant energy for winter survival.
3. Fruit will attract several species of bird which may not otherwise visit your garden. Apples and pears cut in half and placed on the ground will attract Blackbirds and Song Thrushes.
Mesh bags – a warning
Peanuts and fat balls are regularly sold in nylon mesh bags. Never put out any food in mesh bags. These may trap birds’ feet and even cause broken or torn off feet and legs.
Let it grow:If milder winters mean your grass keeps on growing, let it. It will provide shelter for insects, which in turn can feed birds. If you must trim it, adjust your mower to cut no shorter than 3.5cm, and consider leaving a patch to provide a ‘corridor’ for creatures such as frogs and mice. Delay repairing walls and paving until the weather warms up, as all these places will be sheltering wildlife from the cold.
Wild winter gardening:Plant seasonal bloomers such as heathers, winter-flowering jasmine (Jasminium nudiflorum) and winter-flowering honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissima) in case warm weather tempts out nectar-hungry insects. Holly, ivy and spindleberry (Euonymus europaeus) are great sources of bird food throughout winter. Evergreens and climbers provide shelter as well as texture and colour. Leaving herbaceous vegetation standing until March provides cover, while letting seedheads stay on plants will provide food for small birds.
Wood Piles:Rotting wood is a valuable part of the ecosystem, a home to beetles, fungi, centipedes and more. Some bees and wasps reuse beetle tunnel as next sties.
Minibeast mansion:Introduce simple bug homes to your plot. You could make an insect tower block by screwing three or four old bird boxes together and stuffing them with straw, stones, twigs and pine cones. If you have an old fence post hanging around, drill holes in it to create a home for solitary bees. Make sure these apertures are well spaced and drilled at an angle, so they don’t fill with rainwater.
Leave the leaves:Some creatures use dry leaves to line their nests or burrows. Make a pile in the corner of your garden and something is bound to move in. The mulch left over from dead leaves is full of nutrients, good for worms and other minibeasts.
Hibernators:Of our mammals, only bats, the dormouse and perhaps most famously, the hedgehog hibernate during the winter. Amphibians such as frogs, toads and newts also enter a kind of hibernation, but as they are cold blooded, the physiological changes they undergo are different. Frost can damage their body tissues, so they need somewhere sheltered. Male frogs often spend the winter in the mud at the bottom of ponds, while females prefer to hibernate away from the pond, as do toads and newts. Float a ball in your pond to keep an area free of ice.
Frosty fluttering:Red admiral butterflies often overwinter in sheds, but may become active on milder days. This uses up valuable energy so, if you do see any, leave out a dish of sugar water to give them a boost. If you find a butterfly indoors in winter, release it in a cool, sheltered place, such as a garage or shed, rather than a cold garden.
Hedge funds: Berries are an important food source for robins, so having some brambles on the go is a good way to attract them. Some bird species come to Ireland for the winter and although they do not frequent gardens that often, they love hawthorn hedges and can turn them into twittering hives of activity.
Home for hedgehogs.Keep disturbance of possible hibernating places to a minimum. Disruptions place severe demands on the animals’ fat reserves and lessen their chances of survival. You can buy special nest boxes, left, buts easy to improvise a hibernating spot by leaning a sheet of plywood against a fence, wall or hedge in a quiet area and covering it with branches and leaves.
What is biodiversity?For many this term is really off-putting, but it’s one we’re stuck with – for now. In simple terms the word biodiversity can be described as the variety of plants and animals (species) and the places they live (ecosystems). An important aspect of biodiversity is the interconnectedness between all species, in other words the way in which they depend on one another for survival. The word biodiversity is made up from the term ‘biological diversity’. This diversity is the astounding array of plant and animal species that perform a vital role in the web of life.
Visit the Irish Heritage Council website it has a great video which explains biodiversity: Biodiversity Video
Recycling informationIf you would like to know more about what can be recycled visit FAQs; for tips on what to recycle in the home visit TIPS and for information on recycle symbols, visit Recycle Symbols.
The Enniscorthy Household Recycling Centreis now open at Kilcannon on the Old Dublin Road in Enniscorthy. All recyclable products are accepted free of charge. For details of goods taken in, location and opening times, you can ring 053-9239790 or download Enniscorthy Recycling Centre leaflet
Waste Collection Providers in Ferns and district:
Wexford County Council
Greenstar - download their handy recycling guide
Wastepal - download their recycling guide
Recycling Facilities in Ferns
Clothing BanksOur clothing banks are located at:
- Centra Car Park
- Murphys, The Square
Bring Centre:The Bring Centre in Ferns is located opposite Scoil Naomh Maodhóg beside the Garda Station on Upper Main St.
- Green Glass
- Brown Glass
- Clear Glass
Scoil Naomh MaodhógScoil Naomh Maodhóg is located on the Church car park side of the school
- Batteries & Ink cartridges are collected in the school during school term.
Electrical Goods CollectionEach year we organise a collection of household electrical goods - generally in March/April. We will continue to organise this collection however we would encourage people to avail of the new facilities in the newly opened Enniscorthy Recycling Centre.
Hazerdous Waste CollectionEach year We organise a free household Hazerdous Waste Collection - the last collection was in October 2011 - watch this space for the next collection date. If you would like more information on recycling facilities please contact us
Water Butt Usage
Water Butt UsageFerns Tidy Towns is encouraging householders to store rain water for use around the house and garden. Water butts can hold 200 litres of water and can save a huge amount of water for use in a variety of ways. For more information on rainwater harvesting click:Harvesting Rainwater
How to reduce waste
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So much of our waste is exported mainland Europe and China. This is obviously wasteful in itself, consider the resources that are used in transporting this waste.
Reducing the amount of waste we produce by re-using, repairing, composting, recycling and, most importantly, preventing waste in the first place can help to protect both our country and our planet for future generations.
Preventing waste is key to waste reduction. You can do this in a number of ways.
Plastic Bags: When grocery shopping, we can cut down on the amount of bags (especially plastic bags) we use when buying fruit and vegetables. Each time you make a purchase, ask yourself, do I really need to put the items in a bag which will then be put in your own shopping bag after they are checked out.
Packaging: Another problem area in the build up of waste is the amount of unnecessary packing on many items in our shops. When choosing an item, look at the packaging and when possible choose the item with least or no packaging.
When buying new furniture or white goods, ask the supplier if they will take packaging back for reuse or recycling. If not take it to your nearest recycling facility which is in Kilcannon, Old Dublin Rd. Enniscorthy.
Batteries: So many household goods are run on batteries, they are a huge problem in waste terms. We can cut down by using rechargeable batteries.
Prevention & Minimisation of Waste:
What it is not:
It’s not Recycling
It’s not Composting
What it is
Reuse of materials
Conservation of raw materials
It is old fashioned efficiency.
Tips for Reducing Waste
These tips for reducing waste are from www.raceagainstwaste.ie
• Pack your own lunch instead of buying pre-packed
• Buy loose fruit and vegetables instead of pre-packed
• Buy products such as washing powder in large containers to reduce packaging
• Buy products made from recycled materials
• Use and refill your own durable drinks bottle
• Use refillable and rechargeable products such as pens and batteries
Remember: The less you buy the less there is to bin.
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