the parks department of Limerick City Council says it has been inundated with calls and emails praising its colourful floral displays this year.
The new ‘Bridges in Bloom’ basket and flower tiers erected at the People’s Park have delivered a much needed splash of colour in the city.
In order to bring them to the full bloom they are at now, representatives, some of the 19 staff in the Parks Department started planting seeds and seedlings in April, while the planting of the thousands of bedding plants commenced in May.
David Murphy, the assistant superintendent of the Parks Department is delighted with the displays.
He said: “We tried to get the displays out earlier this year and were worried about our flowers baskets on the bridges when they were buffeted by wind and rain in early June but they survived and have now thrived. We have also provided a display in front of King John’s Castle and on the roundabouts as a focal point for visitors and tourists in the City.”
Elsewhere, the parks department at City Hall has developed an environmentally friendly collection system in its nursery, which harvests up to 10,000 litres of rainwater.
This is used in turn for the tractors which can be seen watering the flower displays each day.
And the staff are also undertaking an extensive grass cutting programme across the city.
This includes cutting over 330 acres of greens in estates at this time of year as well as starting wallflowers for the winter programme of bedding and pruning.
Limerick City Council has called on members of the public to visit parks such as the People’s Park and O’Brien’s Park to see the staff handiwork for themselves.
The Limerick Communications Office which runs the Limerick Street Ambassador Programme said both tourists and locals alike have commented on how well the flowers in the city centre look.
“Our Street Ambassadors have been inundated with both local people and visitors to Limerick complementing the work of the Parks Department,” said spokesperson Laura Ryan,
“We believe the floral features and parks are a real boost to all who live, work and visit Limerick city centre giving everyone a real sense of civic pride.”
Joggers and walkers are also benefiting from the generous displays in boxes overhanging the river.