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25 May 2022

Portlaoise set to get 100,000 new flowers

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Portlaoise Tidy Towns artificial flowers to be followed by a wave of colour

Portlaoise is set to get a big splash of spring colour with the launch of plans to plant 100,000 flowers in the Laois county town over the next two years.

Portlaoise Tidy Towns has revealed its plans for a two year programme in tender documents inviting companies to bid for the bulb planting contract.

Under the so-called Spring Pollinator Bulb Initiative, the voluntary group says it is aiming to deliver on a key objective in the Portlaoise 2040 plan to create green corridors throughout the town.

Portlaoise Tidy Towns says it is actively pursuing this strategy with Laois County Council and is in the process of creating a network of pollinator friendly areas at key locations in the town.

The bulb planting contract on offer will according, to the Tidy Towns group, see the focus being placed on the verges around the eight main approach road entrances signs and two selected areas on James Fintan Lalor Avenue. 

The project will be delivered over two autumn bulb planting seasons: September to October 2022 and September to October 2023. Four sites will be planted in 2022 with five planted in 2023.

The flower bulbs selected are:

  • Early Crocus - 60,000
  • Snowdrops - 5,500
  • Native Bluebells -  2,000
  • Grape Hyacinth - 7,500
  • Daffodil - 25,000

The locations for planting are: JFL Avenue, Stradbally Rd, Mountmellick Rd, Dublin Rd, Borris Rd, Mountrath Rd, Abbeyleix Rd M7 Junction, Ballyfin Rd, Timahoe Rd.

It is anticipated that LEADER funding approval will be in place by mid-summer 2022. Laois County Council will act as the Project Supervisor for the Design phase.

The winning contractor will work with Portlaoise Tidy Towns sub-committee led Chairman Gerry Browne on the delivery of the project.

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