Pollinators, Music and Free plants at Tullamore Library this November

Charlie Flynn

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Charlie Flynn

Pollinators, Music and Free plants at Tullamore Library this November

A full programme of events, including pollinator, music and plant workshops, are coming to Offaly this November.

Most pollination in Ireland is carried out by bees and we know that bee populations in Ireland and across the globe have significantly decreased. Of the 100 species of bees in Ireland one third of them are threatened with extinction. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 is an island-wide attempt to help pollinators by creating a landscape where they can survive and thrive.

The Midlands Science Festival will be taking place across the region for people of all ages from November 11th – 18th and promises a full programme of innovative and fun hands-on events. One of the Key activities we can look forward to in Offaly this year is all about ‘Pollinators, Music and Plants’ and this takes place in Tullamore Library on November 13th.

This event is a unique celebration of the music and ecology of pollinators and will provide lots of hints and tips to encourage pollinators in your garden. Speaking about pollinators and gardening Brian Tobin of UCD will explain how pollinators can be supported through gardening and also speak about his work in bringing bees back to Belfield at Rosemount apple orchard.

Jackie Gorman, CEO of Midlands Science said: "Join us for a performance of the music composition 'Thresholds' by Ian Wilson, performed by Saxophonist Cathal Roche. This will be followed by a discussion on pollinators in your garden and there’s a free plant for everyone in the audience. Pollinators are important for our health, wealth and environment and protecting them has never been so important."

"Bee decline is not just a problem here in Ireland, it is a global concern and growing awareness amongst the public about how can all take simple steps to positively contribute to protecting the environment is a key aim of this event. Come along, enjoy the music and learn something very important on November 13th at Tullamore Library this Science Week."