Finally, Spring is in the air!
With the change of season comes the welcome addition of colourful floral displays on our bridges, in our parks and at key entry points to the city. The summer season will also see many businesses across Limerick using flowers to enhance their shop fronts adding to the welcoming look and feel of our city centre streets.
A recent study at a Dutch university confirmed that at an unconscious level, flowers have a positive influence on the way people perceive each other and their environment. People are perceived to be more cheerful, warmer, more enjoyable and more accessible in areas with flower displays. They are also perceived as less arrogant, tense, egocentric, shy, suspicious, and moody than when encountered in an environment without flowers.
Our Parks Department at Limerick City and County Council will play a major role in making our city a brighter and more colourful place over the coming weeks. Businesses are also playing their part. Visitors regularly comment on the flower arrangements displayed by the likes of Tom Collins Bar on Cecil St; Jerry Flannerys on Catherine St; Dan Lawless on Roches St; and Ger O’Connor, In Vogue and Sextons Menswear on Thomas St.
A number of other businesses in the Locke Quay area of the city are currently working together on a project that will see this area brightened up through the use of similar hanging baskets and flower arrangements. It is great to see such goodwill amongst city centre traders as they enhance the work our local authority puts in to making Limerick a floral city. In this, our year of National City of Culture we will see more effort in this regard.
Last week we saw the official launch of the ‘Street a Week’ campaign which sees the coming together of Limerick City and County Council, Limerick Civic Trust and Limerick Tidy Town in a joint effort to further enhance the physical appearance of our city centre. The campaign involves Civic Trust employees dedicating their efforts to a specific street each week in the city centre and areas around King John’s Castle and the Strands.
Works being carried out include weed removal, power washing, minor graffiti removal, street furniture maintenance, gum removal and cleaning of signage. Businesses in the city centre are encouraged to also play their part in maintaining the areas around their own shop fronts.
Many of you will have noticed the Limerick Tidy Towns team in action in the city centre. The group meets on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings and is not just about keeping the urban environment clean and presentable. It is a light-hearted social gathering where many of the group have formed strong friendships over recent years.
The group is constantly recruiting new members. There is no major commitment – all they ask is for people to come out, enjoy themselves and help create a city centre that we all can be proud of.
We all can play our part in creating a bright, accessible and cheerful city. How will you get involved?