Gareth, Head of Estates is responsible for the management of the Councils estate including its grasslands and one of Biodiversity Officer Rachel’s role is to help the Council fulfil its biodiversity duty including to develop ways to manage Council land for the benefit of biodiversity and people.
Austin and James are the section engineers responsible for the road network in the project area, including the cutting regime for the verges and preventing the spread of IAS. Also representing Transport NI on the steering group are Gary Quinn, Jackie Kelly and Joe Lawson.
Melina and Aoibhinn both work for NIEA within the biodiversity unit and have a in depth knowledge of semi-natural and species rich grassland. They are also part of the steering group for the All Ireland Pollinator Plan.
Eftec are environmental economists motivated to understand and demonstrate the value of the environment to society. We will be conducting an economic appraisal of the wider social, environmental, and economic impacts of Don’t Mow Let it Grow management options, providing evidence to inform decision-making.
Allen and Mellon was involved in the successful development stage of the Don’t Mow Let it Grow project in 2015 and is responsible for the site selection, survey and training elements of the current project. This involves close co-operation with the other consultants involved as well as the key volunteers engaged in the project.
A great way to be part of this project is to become a volunteer. Learn new skills through the training provided, become a site guardian and monitor your site and see how it benefits from the change in management or help raise awareness and educate the community on the importance of our semi-natural grasslands and pollinators.