There were many contributions by community volunteers, residents, schools, businesses, and groups, with each performing a positive role to make Johnstown a better place in which to live, work and play. Thank you to the Johnstown Times Online Community Magazine for producing the following records.
Despite the Tidy Towns Competition being canceled due to the pandemic, we refocussed our group to provide community support with supplies of Food, Medicine, and Clothing. Helping the Homeless and disadvantaged families became weekly activities.
We lifted community spirit with a winter lighting feature on Metges Road that symbolised people coming together in dark times. Planting 2,500 spring bulbs also got people out of their homes to create something that would brighten our futures.
Anticipation of Santa's arrival is causing excitement.
Merry Christmas Everyone.
A Wonderful Gesture
"A big thank you to the business who provided these Super gift boxes with both goodies and practical items for Navans rough sleepers.
And they didn't want their name mentioned but I think our homeless will be delighted and will find them of great valu."
This full bag of litter was collected from Bothar Sion by Johnstown Tidy Towns on Christmas Eve.
If they didn't pick up the litter it would easily have found its way into the River Boyne.
Don't Drop Litter
New Navan Town Bus
From Sunday Dec 20th five busses will operate two new routes running every 30mins from early morning to 11:30PM, 7 days a week, incl Public Holidays.
Route N1 will operate between Commons Rd and Johnstown via the Town Centre. (N1 Timetable Link)
Route N2 will operate between Commons Rd and Blackcastle via the Town Centre. (N2 Timetable Link)
This service replaces the 110A, B & C.
Navan Cycling Initiative point out that we're missing an opportunity to include cycle holders.
Winter Tree Lights
With the help of Residents from Bailis Downs Johnstown Tidy Towns added some sparkle to the dark evenings with their very first Winter Tree Lighting feature on Metges Rd.
Next year they'll look to fund raise and have a series of lighting features throughout Johnstown.
These donations will help families in less fortunate circumstances to enjoy the special Christmas we'd like them to have.
Volunteers of Johnstown Tidy Towns Community Support Service deliver 65 Food Hampers to Families in Need.
Provided by Athboy's People Who Share Care Group the hampers were delivered to families locally in Navan together with a few to Kells, Ashbourne, Duleek, Dunshaughlin, and Trim.
Well done to the 2nd years involved in creating an Upcycled Christmas tree out of old cable spools.
Supported by their Year head Máistir Byrne with assistance from Máistir Dave and Máistir Robbie the tree was created over a number of lunch breaks and now proudly sits at the school entrance.
The Streets Are Cold
Your help together with Support from Meath County Council is allowing Johnstown Tidy Town's Community Support Service to provide warm food, clothing, bedding and compassion to those sleeping rough on our streets.
If you can offer winter clothing and sleeping bags for the homeless contact Johnstown Tidy Towns Community Support Service.
The annual appeal to provide presents to families in difficult circumstances has been hit badly by Covid restrictions and people are limiting their shopping visits.
Children in less fortunate circumstances look forward to Christmas and we ask you to help them to have presents to open. ICHH appeal now has an online gift donation page to ensure they have these gifts and that it is a safe way for you to shop.
Donate via their page www.ichhsantabox.online
You can also donate your own gifts in person through Navan's Santa Box Appeal before Dec 9th via these Local Drop Offs:
👉 Farrellys Centra, 8 Abbey Crescent, Abbeyland, Navan, Co. Meath
👉15 Boyneview, Johnstown, Navan, Co.Meath
👉NUYU Hair & Beauty, Medges Lane, Navan
Navan Cycling Initiative provide a review of the air quality as published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Unfortunately for us the nearest sensor is at the Navan Fire Station and idling cars is one of the worst offenders.
We wonder how Johnstown would score during rush hour?
Where Can Johnstown Sparkle?
The Late Late Toy Show signaled to many families that it's time to put up their Christmas Decorations. Navan has their Christmas Tree and street lights, Old Johnstown Village has a tree too but what could we have in Johnstown?
Where could we add a sparkle during these dark evenings?
Pre Loved Clothes
Please don't throw old clothing into the waste bin when it can be recycled:
Walterstown GFC are currently collecting clothing to raise funds.
Cllr Alan Lawes, Boyne View, is collecting for the homeless and families in need.
A resident in Athlumney Abbey is collecting clothing for young children & infants to redistribute to local families.
There are several Navan charity shops who will be accepting clothing donations again soon.
Navan Recycling Centre has a collection point.
As a final, and very last resort, locate a clothing bin BUT please do not give to rouge traders calling door2door. Check the register and we've yet to find a flyer that's correctly listed with the National Waste Collection Permit Office.
Helping the Vulnerable
Masks 4 All Meath have been providing free facemasks to frontline workers during Covid and have now widened their donations to include those in vulnerable situations ie. asthma, pensioners, people with disabilities, etc.
Message them directly to ask for facemasks.
Estate Support Groups
Do you know about and your neighbourhood residents group ?
Not only do they support estate maintenance but some also provide Neighbourhood Watch & Text Alert, Community Support and are a great source of local knowledge too.
See our Navan Guide and connect with your estate group.
Send us a message if you can help identify an online presence for the +60 other groups.
Thank You for Volunteering
Together with over 800 people nominated across Ireland I'm delighted to have been nominated in this year's Volunteer Ireland Awards for contributions to Community Support here with the magazine, with Johnstown Tidy Towns & Community Support Service, local Sports and fundraising for local charities.
We say a big 'Thank You' to all the Volunteers for doing a great job giving up their time to help others.
A reminder that throughout Covid-19 you can Stay Connected via the Community Call Support for:
Delivery of Food, Medications, Fuel or Household Supplies.
Someone to talk to or keep in touch with.
Referral to reliable information and services.
FREE-PHONE 1800 808 809 9am to 5pm everyday
Raise Community Spirit
You might be waiting for the Late Late Toy Show on Nov 27th before putting up the Christmas tree but it'll lift Community Spirit during Level 5 on these darker evenings if we started to put up some external house lights.
Monthly Clothing Appeal
These ongoing donations to Inner City Helping Homeless make a significant difference to homeless and families in need during the cold wet months.
You can continue to donate by messaging Johnstown Tidy Towns to coordinate donation drop offs during Covid restrictions.
'Socially Distant' Walking Group
Starting this coming week the Taylor's Chubby Chappies and Taylor's Pink Ladies are regrouping to walk off those 'Lockdown Calories' around the neighbourhood.
Contact Joe Adams for details.
Note: Staggered start and social distancing rules will apply.
Santa Box Appeal 2020
Inner City Helping Homeless not only help provide food to the Johnstown Tidy Towns Community Support Service in Co Meath but they also host an annual appeal for Christmas gift boxes. These support people who are living on the streets, in emergency accommodation and in direct provision.
These gifts and Christmas cards offer people who are struggling during the toughest time of year with a real boost.
Take a box and mark it man, woman, boy or girl (include age bracket for a young person).
Fill it with essential supplies: socks, underwear, hats, scarfs, gloves, toiletries, or gift vouchers, sweets and small toys / gifts.
If possible include a Christmas Card with a positive message.
Wrap the lid and box separately.
Contact Alan Lawes to donate your Santa Box 085 175 7216 or by dropping off at 15 Boyne View Johnstown Navan County Meath.
More drop off's posted on the Facebook Group Santa Box Appeal
The Ramparts is in full Autumn display but the weekends are proving a demand on the popular car park. Take the opportunity to cycle there and enjoy the path on 2 wheels.
Park & Ride gains improvement suggestions
Navan Cycling Initiative have submitted observations to Meath County Council Planning Department regarding the provision for cyclists at the proposed N51 Park and Ride facility at Moatlands, Navan.
Closing date for observations is Dec 1st.
Still Going Strong
Only 2 sunflowers remain on the grassy bank outside Athlumney Hall on Metges Rd weeks after the others ended.
Later this month we'll get to see how many seeds Johnstown Tidy Towns generated for next years Sunflower Trail.
Signs of Life
Wildflower seeds take quite a while to show signs of growth and those recently sown at the Bailis Downs fence line are starting to appear. It's hard to distinguish between grass, weeds and the intended flowers but only time will tell.
Johnstown Tidy Towns will carry out a further seed sowing in early Spring.
Rough Sleepers Gain Support
Johnstown Tidy Towns Community Support Service have obtained the provisional support of Meath County Council and intend opening a food voucher account with Smith's SuperValu to support those sleeping rough on the streets of County Meath.
Meath Families are sometimes struggling to put food on their tables.
ALL the local collection and distribution groups are asking for your support to supply essential basics to local families and YOU could help.
Please locate your nearest drop off point and donate non perishable foods on a regular basis.
The potholes have gone from the Johnstown Shopping Centre and you no longer require any climbing equipment or a 4 wheel drive.
Feature Tree Removed
The photo shows the tree at the Johnstown Roundabout in July which we reported as looking bare at a time when it should have been covered in leaves.
Today the dead tree was removed by the Council's Parks division.
Will it be replaced?
It's hard to believe that as we head into Winter Navan has need of an outreach program supporting those sleeping rough.
We accompanied Cllr Alan Lawes on Monday morning to provide a sleeping bag, food and hot drinks to one rough sleeper.
We understand that there are approximately 9 individuals sleeping rough in the locality. Alan Lawes is being supported by Inner City Helping Homeless and Johnstown Tidy Towns.
Local Clean Ups
We're all going to be seeing a lot of our local streets over the next few weeks so spend a bit of time looking after them.
Johnstown Tidy Towns appeal for families and individuals to take on some responsibility to keep Johnstown Litter Free during Level 5.
Residents can contact them for equipment and to drop off litter bags.
Support our Local Shops
Long term living with Covid will likely mean Government imposed restriction Levels opening & closing shops for month's to come.
If we don't buy locally then the shops will go out of business.
See our Very Local Shops and see if you can buy online.
Members of County Meath Chamber feature in their Local Navan Directory
Johnstown Tidy Towns are planting bulbs every Sunday until December to make Johnstown Bloom in Spring.
They invite any Family (household unit) or individuals who would like to participate to message them.
Pedestrian Lights ON
The pedestrian crossing lights on Metges Road opposite the Cois Glaisin Estate have finally been activated.
You will still need to drive very slowly over the crossing for fear of losing your exhaust or breaking the car's suspension.
Update: They appear to be testing them and the covers have gone back on.
Update 25/10 - please hold on to your clothes until Level 5 is over.
As the winter weather approaches we're appealing for you to donate clothing to support the homeless.
Old clothes, blankets & sleeping bags, in any state, are wanted together with NEW 'Socks and Jocks' too!
If you want to know what happens with your donations we tagged along last year to see for ourselves. Read More
Donations can be made to Alan Lawes 0851757216 or drop off at 15 Boyne View, Johnstown.
Community Space Public Meeting
Opportunity for any clubs from Johnstown to talk about a place for everyone to use as a community space.
👫 October 20th
Meeting OUTSIDE Johnstown Boxing Club at the Athlumney Centre, Metges Rd.
Getting to grips with their 2021 flower plans the Tidy Towns team test out planting methods opposite the shopping centre.
A project involving all Johnstown will be revealed in a series of activities over the next 8 weeks.
Follow their Facebook Page for events and to get involved.
Bailis Downs Residents pitched in to sow wildflower seeds along the fence line with Bothar Sion.
It's a triple win to add pollinator friendly flower display, create a litter barrier and stop the Council from spraying any more weed killer here.
It'll also look fantastic next summer.
18 flower heads from the Athlumney Hall Wall have created 100's of seeds which will now be dried and used next year.
A trail through Johnstown is planned perhaps with over one hundred sunflowers should stir some interest in increasing the flowers in the neighbourhood,
In with the New
Athlumney Hall residents helped create a new feature to replace the Sunflower Wall. Hopefully it will brighten the day for those caught in the morning traffic next Spring.
Details to be revealed in the coming days of how you can help to add colour to Johnstown.
Navan gets a bad reputation for litter after being reported to be 31st in the league according to the survey by business group Irish Business Against Litter.
Fortunately Johnstown is doing well thanks to it's Volunteers. The Litter Hotspots are going to be next weekend's targets:
Birch Estate - shrubs near the School Campus
Maple Estate - facing the shopping centre
Elm Estate - near the roundabout.
Spire View Steps
Shopping Centre Shrubs
The Gap between Birch and Millbrook Estates.
Report any other locations to Johnstown Tidy Towns
Now that the hedge cutting season is underway Athlumney Wood got a much needed trim.
Back on the Path
Since their creation in the 90's it's a surprise that all the main greens never had paths installed from the outset.
The Chestnut and Elm section of Johnstown Woods Estate follows Maple and Bailis Downs with a new footpath linking residents to Metges Road.
Bags 2 School
👫 October 7th
Colaiste Na Mi PA will collect clothes to raise funds and a 10% donation to LauraLynn House.
Bagged clothing can be left at the side of the old building near the Campus Entry.
What to Do with Leaves?
They've been falling for a few days but soon the ground will be covered in golden brown and red leaves.
The leaves will eventually break down but there's more chance they'll turn into a soggy slippery mess and find their way to block up the street rainwater gullies?
Why not arrange with your neighbours now to help collect them in the coming weeks for the organic bins.
If you have space they're great to add to your compost bin provided you've got a supply of green waste to add too.
Time to Collect the Seeds.
If you grew sunflowers and have let them develop it's now time to collect the seeds and dry them.
You can toast and eat them, crush them up for the bird feeders or save the seeds to plant more next year.
Johnstown Tidy Towns are keen to see how many seeds they can save for another Sunflower Wall and hopefully produce a sunflower trail through Johnstown.
As the colder months return your help is needed by donating food and clothing.
'We are asking for non perishable foods and supermarket vouchers to help make up food hampers for families in need in Meath you can donate to the following drop off points
Tobins Newsagents beside SuperValu, Trim
The Malt House off licence, Trim
Bagnals Shop and Post Office
Circle K Hayestown, Navan
Alan Lawes 15, Boyne View, Johnstown, Navan
Or you can drop to address C15PP83 in Athboy
Or call 0833622687 or 085 1757216 and we can arrange to collect same.'
The first heavy rain, since schools fully reopened, briefly drenched Johnstown this morning. As expected very few students walked or cycled to the Johnstown School Campus resulting in major car traffic.
The tailback stretched down Bothar Sion, over St Martha's Bridge and onto the Dublin Road shortly before 9am. This 2km tailback sets a new record for local school congestion.
Metges Road appeared bumper to bumper up to the Kentstown Road Junction and passing the Priory Estate Entrance from the South.
Perhaps it's time to invest in umbrellas since leaving home earlier by car to allow more time doesn't appear to be a viable solution.
Camping on the Council's Doorstep.
Cllr Alan Lawes is furious that Council Support Services have left 2 homeless men on the streets of Navan, without emergency accommodation, for 5 days since his Friday phone call seeking help.
At the time of meeting them there had been no development but we're guessing the Council will notice them now, and hopefully find them shelter.
Residents of Bailis Downs planted 17 horse chestnut trees which were previously donated by a Johnstown family since Conker Trees are on the decline.
In several years time these trees should form a barrier with the congestion and traffic along their estate border with Metges Road.
Helping the Homeless
Last November we caught a glimpse of the homeless crisis in Dublin but it was very disturbing to hear that Navan has homeless people living on our streets.
Watch the Meath Daily TV interview with Cllr Alan Lawes.
Handmade locally Johnstown Tidy Town's volunteers now have their own branded facemasks.
The week started off with the Kentstown Road Works being largely the source of congestion, Wednesday's down pour still didn't make much impact but by Friday Johnstown's Traffic was back to the familiar grid lock.
The donation of over 30 school packs of pens, pencils, folders and more for 3 age ranges of School was received by delighted children today. Donated by ICHH they formed part of the food hamper deliveries to local families in need distributed by Johnstown Tidy Towns.
Not only are families struggling to put food on the table but returning to school adds extra financial pressure they can ill afford.
Most local residents live within a 15 minute, or less, cycle of Navan's Market Square which means you'll likely beat the peak time traffic congestion. By using the routes the car can't take you can save even more time.
We've included the map in our Cycle Lanes & Routes Guide
Preparation for School Walkers
Johnstown Tidy Towns tackled the litter hotspots Sunday morning in an attempt to give those walking to school a chance to do it safely.
Focussing on the routes leading to the Johnstown Campus of St Stephens NS and Colaiste Na Mi Secondary School they collected 4 full bags. Also reported that a further 2 full bags had been removed from the Maple Estate by residents earlier in the week.
Concern is rising about the amount of broken glass from bottles and facemasks being irresponsible littered on paths and lawns.
Only a week after the Council Sprayed weed killer throughout Johnstown and the unpleasant signs of chemical warfare are starting to appear.
There must be a better way to do this since the bare earth will simply encourage weeds to return in place of grass.
Why exactly do fences, lamp posts and street signs need such severe support?
Athlumney Hall Verge
At the request of local Cllr Alan Lawes the Council are transforming the dirt verge along Metges Road. It's hoped that they will replicate the wildflower planting stretches which appeared in Navan this year.
Johnstown Tidy Towns's Sunflower feature along the wall of Athlumney Hall on Metges Road are starting to bloom. They planted 2 varieties so we'll have to wait a little longer to see if we can spot the differences.
Is Tree Surgery legal at this time of year?
In response to a query relating to trees being trimmed / felled locally the following 3 points may offer some clarity:
1. The Wildlife Acts 1976-2018 states that the cutting or felling of trees is prohibited during the period 1st April to 31st August every year with limited exceptions.
2. You cannot enter on to the land of the tree owner without permission.
3. It is the responsibility of the land owner or the person felling the tree to ensure that they are acting within the law.
To discover what is legal depends on your circumstances but we advise you to review the following:
www.treecouncil.ie which provides a simplified overview of the Laws.
www.agriculture.gov.ie which provides detailed explanations, FAQs and how to apply for a Felling Licence which is FREE.
If you want to help protect what we have read our recent article about Mapping Our Trees
Autism Friendly Shopping
Smith's SuperValu announce their Autism friendly shopping experiences will be every Tuesday evening 7pm-9pm.
We're really impressed with the simplicity and usefulness of the ALF Trolley which will be on hand to assist any autistic child who needs it via the Service Desk.
Celebrating Active Communities
The Community Games announce 7 competitions which are running until August 12th where you can win prizes just for being ACTIVE.
'Aldi Community Games is an independent voluntary organisation, operating in local communities throughout Ireland. The organisation aims to provide opportunities for children and young people aged 6-16 years to develop active healthy lives in a safe environment through experiencing a wide range of sporting and cultural activities.'
See www.communitygames.ie for entry details.
Trees Still There
This time last year the Community took a stance and protested against the over development of Johnstown.
Despite later gaining permission for apartments to be built and the removal of the wooded area on Metges Road the planning conditions imposed has provided a delay.
Read Nov 2019 Article
Stop the Broken Glass
Before anyone else gets hurt from irresponsible littering Johnstown Tidy Towns have made a public appeal for ideas to find a solution to the constant littering, and anti social behaviour, at the steps area between Spire View and Chestnut Court.
This week a lady cut her foot on broken glass requiring a tetanus shot and reports that a dog required the vets attention from a similar accident.
Send them your suggestion:
Potholes to Go
If you've driven into the Johnstown Shopping Centre in the past few months you'll be delighted to hear that the potholes greeting you are finally set to be filled in later this month.
News that more trees and hedge line was removed for development concerned us. When the rain eventually cleared we took a look for ourselves at the Dunville Estate development where it meets Kentstown Road. We discover that the hedge was removed in accordance with planning permission, albeit during bird nesting season, but we were relieved to see that the plan suggests over 20 trees will be planted together with what looks like a boundary wall. It should enhance the route but since we can't publish the plans you can view them here .
The Johnstown Tidy Towns portable rainwater buggy gets its first outing of the year to feed and water the Sunflower Planting outside Athlumney Hall.
Remember there's still a hosepipe ban in effect until July 21st. Between members of the JTT they have capacity for 1000 litres in rainwater butts. During the wet spell it's worth getting one for your home.
'Navan Gardaí are investigating an incident which occurred at Páirc Tailteann yesterday evening between 5pm and 8pm. A number of youths broke into a shed on the grounds of Páirc Tailteann and stole a ride on lawn mower, which they proceeded to drive around the car park and the pitch, causing damage.
Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to contact Navan Garda Station on 046-9036100.'
Words and Image Source: Meath Crime Prevention
We're enjoying the sunny spell but your pets need to keep cool.
Walk when it's cooler, early morning or evening.
Touch tarmac with your hand and if it's too hot for your hand after several seconds it's too hot for you pet's feet.
Keep your pet hydrated with plenty of water and even add ice cubes to keep it cold.
Beds need to be in shade preferably with a cooling draught.
Dogs enjoy the fun & cool water so if it's suitable use a paddle pool.
Never leave a pet alone in a car, even overcast days can make them ovens.
By now your garden flowers should be attracting the local Bees with climbing roses, sage and wildflowers in bloom.
Did you know that some local trees are pollinator friendly too? Down at the Athlumney Riverside see if you can spot Willow, Hawthorn and Horse Chestnut.
Cutting it Fine
Most, if not all, of the Estate Lawns are being mowed after a break of several weeks. The question now is how long are you willing to let it grow between cuts to promote wildlife?
We don't have Spiderman or any other superhero so it's up to all of us to be the eye's and ears on the street. If you see something suspicious report it to the Garda, then inform your neighbourhood watch or Estate Group who can alert the entire neighbourhood quickly.
Thieves have no concern for Social Distancing or Property.
Families are struggling to put food on their plates. You can help by donating to one of the Food Banks providing support to local people. The Johnstown Tidy Towns Covid19 Support Group make deliveries every Saturday to over 20 homes across Navan and those supplies come from YOUR donations.
See Donation Details Here
Take a Walk
Who would have thought Metges Road could host some colour.
All these flowers are between Bailis Downs and the Kentstown Road on a very long stretch of verge that had previously been decimated with weedkiller. The plants are certainly few and far between at the moment but there's hope we'll have more when lockdown restrictions eventually allow Johnstown Tidy Towns to continue their plans.
In a few days time there will be a swathe of 'daisy' type flowers on the verge in Spire View. An unexpected and welcome change in amongst the otherwise bland grass.
Update 14th May; Unfortunately the verges were mowed to reveal just more monotonous grass.
The Long and Short of it
Delighted to see someone decide to manicure just a small section of the field opposite Kilcarn Bridge whilst leaving the vast majority of it to grow long.
The area around the steps between Spire View and Johnstown Village have again accumulated more litter with beer bottles, cans and wrappers.
During the health emergency this litter is now a biological hazard and Johnstown Tidy Towns are not able to assist since they are not an essential service.
Update 13th May: It would appear that a cluster of trees were felled on the old Johnstown Road opposite the Cois Glaisin Estate for reasons of safety or to make a new entrance.
Little Things Matter
It's nice to be surprised especially when they bring a smile to young faces as they discover them. We spotted this recycled bird / squirrel feeder on the Athlumney Riverside Trail.
Perhaps next time we'll find wind chimes or fairy house doors.
Are you going to remain as you are even though from today:
People can now travel up to 5 kilometres from their home to exercise.
Those who are cocooning can leave their homes for exercise so long as they avoid all contact with other people.
Leave Only Footprints
As a regular walker along the Athlumney Riverside Path it fills me with despair to see glass bottles abandoned alongside the river, stray sweet wrappers & crisp packets amongst the trees.
A full bag was removed today but PLEASE take your litter home with you.
"For a few weeks now I have heard people saying “ I just can’t wait for things to be back to normal.” I may have said that a few times myself. 😊
But as I’ve thought about our current situation I have realised how much I don’t want things to go back to exactly the way they were. 🤔
Here are a few of my reasons...
❤️ I hope that the next time a friend grabs me and pulls me in for a hug, I actually take the time to appreciate the gift of their presence and embrace.
🧡 I hope that when school resumes and you are dropping your kids off, you take the time to thank the staff for the amazing gift that they give to your family.
💛 I hope that the next time I’m sitting in a crowded restaurant I take the time to look around at the smiling faces, loud voices and be more appreciative of the gift of community.
💚 I hope that when I am at the supermarket that I take a moment to acknowledge the necessities of life and the amazing people who work so hard to keep us supplied.
💙 I hope that I never again take for granted the ability to hop in the car and visit a friend, go to the beach, a restaurant or a movie, etc.
So, truth is, I don’t want things to return to the way they once were. 💜 I hope and pray that we take the lessons and challenges of the past few weeks and create a new normal.
My goal is to appreciate more, love harder, and truly appreciate the daily abundance of blessings that were so easily overlooked just a few weeks ago. If someone tells you they love you, take it to heart! "
Source: Facebook Page
We've all rediscovered our local walks around the estates, through the IDA or down to the Kilcarn Bridge.
We're delighted to discover Wild About Navan - a new Urban Nature Conservation Project which we ask readers to take a look at in the hope that we can all help look after our environment.
Take part in their online survey bit.ly/2VNjE6F and follow them on Social Media.
The lockdown and lost income through job losses has increased the need for families to ask for food hampers.
Fortunately volunteers like the Johnstown Tidy Towns Covid19 Support Service are available to help deliver these and food donations are always welcome.
Volunteer to help one of several local groups supporting the wider community during the Covid 19 emergency.
Don't Spoil It
The Athlumney Riverside Trail and Old Kilcarn Bridge have both gained popularity whilst the sun was shining.
Shame that a few don't just leave only footprints.
It was announced this week that the formal Tidy Towns Competition 2020 has been cancelled which has allowed the groups countrywide to participate in providing Covid-19 Community Support.
More local groups are listed as part of the Community Effort under Meath PPN.
Mind Your Step
The boardwalk at the back of the Meath County Council's HQ looks more like it belongs in a horror film. Be warned it's not safe to walk on if you're following the Athlumney Riverside Trail.
Here's where we left off with Johnstown Tidy Towns and ideas for the path development however all plans are now on hold until the current crisis is over : Riverside Status
World Earth Day
To mark the occasion we took a break from the internet for the day and made the most of the fine weather.
Meath County Council have reversed the free 'black bag' charge for household waste at Navan Recycling Centre.
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'The waiving of fees for residual waste at Navan Trim and Kells Recycling Centres has resulted in very high visitor numbers. The high level of activity presented difficulties in terms of traffic and essential travel restrictions. Regretfully this high level of activity cannot be sustained in the current era of Covid 19 restrictions.
The fees for residual waste (€5 for a black sack) will be reinstated from 8.30am on Wednesday, April 22nd.
This will reduce visitor numbers to a manageable level in terms of Covid 19 Restrictions, in order to ensure the Recycling Centres can remain open during this period.
The gate fee of €2 continues to be waived.'
Source: Meath County Council
Grass cutting of Estate Lawns by a contractor is not considered an essential service during the lockdown.
Residents of Bailis Downs took out their lawn mowers to cut the main green themselves using 5 mowers over 2 days to trim the large green before the height of the grass became unmanageable.
Safe Social Distancing was simple to achieve given the size of the lawn.
Let it Grow
Those dandelions in the grass verges are providing a food bounty to the bees so please leave them alone.
Not only was today wonderfully sunny & warm but it was made even more beautiful by seeing the large number of volunteers respond to make local deliveries. ICHH donated 300 Easter Eggs which were divided between the people in Athboy, the travelling community, and Navan families in need.
All the toiletries were donated by local businesses and people via Amanda and Graham Gerathy working the Athboy People Who Care and Share for ICHH. They also donated all the food for 20 hampers.
The Easter Bunny is also very grateful to the Volunteers for their quick deliveries.
From Meath County Council:
We have established a new community support line to assist older or vulnerable people who are recommended to cocoon and remain in their homes during this current period of the emergency.
If you are one of these people, or if you know of someone who needs assistance with practical matters such as:
➡️ collecting medical and food supplies,
➡️ transport to attend a medical appointment
➡️ or another need,
please contact our free-phone number:
1800 808 809
between 9am-5pm. The line is a seven day service and is operational from Monday, March 30th.
This service is being provided at county level in cooperation with a number of public agencies, NGOs, local groups, sports clubs and others.Source: Meath County Council Facebook
Johnstown Covid-19 Support Service
Volunteer to Support your Neighbourhood in these unusual times.
For the duration of the Coronavirus Pandemic Johnstown Tidy Towns is offering a collection and doorstep delivery service within the Johnstown area.
We offer to bring essential supplies to the elderly, those with medical issues & disabilities, and any household self isolating due to Coronavirus infection.
The areas we cover are Athlumney Abbey, Athlumney Wood, Bailis Downs, Athlumney Hall, Kentstown Apartments, Johnstown Wood, Dunville, Bailis Village, The Priory, Millbrook, Boyne View, Spire View, Cois Glaisin, Carne Wood, Carne Hill, Johnstown Village, Cill Foireann.
HELPLINE 085 175 7216 8am to 8pm and registered with Meath Public Participation Network and Navan Garda.
To Volunteer send your Name, Mobile and Estate to one of these:
Please inform your neighbours and let's help each other during these unusual times.
Stay Safe, Stay Home and if you venture out ensure you maintain social distancing.
Source: Johnstown Tidy Towns
Call for Volunteers
Johnstown Tidy Towns are coordinating a calling for volunteers to support those who will be in need during the coming weeks.
Sign Up if you can help.
For the duration of the Coronavirus Pandemic we are seeking volunteers to support the people of Johnstown.
This may involve collecting and delivering food, prescriptions or supplies to the vulnerable, elderly or those in self isolation.
Once we have established a safe system to minimise the risks we will advertise a mobile contact number for the service.
Please spread the word and we are contacting Meath PPN and all Johnstown Residents Associations to ensure every household within the area is able to receive help.
If you would like to support this initiative and offer your assistance please send a private message with your name, mobile number and the name of your Estate.
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The ideas to transform grass verges into wildflower beds has started to appear.
A family in Johnstown Wood took the initiative to remove the grass verge in front of their home and sow wildflower seeds around grassess and shrubs.
Now is the time if you want to sow wildflower seeds but you'll need to be quick if visiting the garden centre.
Why not phone the garden centre, ask them to prepare an order, pay over the phone and then just make a collection and perhaps you can even avoid entering the shop?
Shop responsibly, maintain Social Distancing.
During our own local walks we called into the Orchard Estate, off the Kentstown Road, to see how last year's crocus planting was coming on.
Let it Grow
Between March 1st and August 31st the Wildlife Act 1976 protects hedgerows, gorse and general vegetation. Don't cut, burn or destroy it during this time without special permission.
It shouldn't come as a surprise to see the lower trail at the Athlumney Riverside Path under a few inches of water. It is a floodplain after all.
The erosion on the higher path is exposing more of the buried fence wire so watch your step.
The derelict house opposite Kilcarn Bridge is being cleared of debris and a steel fence is to be installed. Plans to build apartments were shelved during the recession and we don't expect any new works to take place.
Who would have thought that half a dozen trees would be taken down to facilitate a simple road crossing on Metges Road?
Will more come down if there's another installed?