The Irish girl guides is a charity offering a varied programme and opportunities for girls and young women aged 5-30. As a girl-only movement, girls are free to develop and express themselves in a safe, comfortable, supported setting. There are four branches in Bohola:
Ladybirds unit for girls age 5-7 year.
Brownie Unit for girls aged 7-10 years
Guide for guides age 11-14 years
Senior branch for girls ages 14-30 years
Outdoor activities are central to the Irish girl guides ethos. Therefore, Bohola community park will be an ideal location for girls to have meetings. They will be able to use the pavilion for unit meetings use the ground for lots of environmental and nature activities and the sports facilities for taking part in physical activities.
Evidence of Environmental Initiative and Climate Adaptation
Energy usage will be reduced by the adaptation of renewable energy technology:
Plans include the installation of solar lighting which will reduce energy usage.
Investigating the possibility of using solar panels to provide electricity for pavilion.
Solar panels and high insulation levels will be incorporated into the clubhouse.
The park committee intends to include a number of electric vehicle charging facilities in the car park of the park.
Use of sustainable materials
The pavilion is made from wood.
The new clubhouse will include wooden panelling.
Boardwalk around pond and all picnic benches and seats are made from recycled plastic.
Biodiversity protection and restoration
Biodiversity is an integral part of the park. We have already developed a community orchard and planted native trees. Further native trees will be planted.
Plans to enhance the existing boundary hedgerows and manage in a way that protects biodiversity.
There will be a wildflower meadow around the community orchard.
Wildflowers will be allowed to grow and flourish around the perimeter path.
Bird boxes have been installed and a wildlife pond has been created.
Reduction in resource usage
A grey water system will be installed within clubhouse.
Bins will include segregation of waste e.g. recycling, composting etc.
Compost bins will be installed for recycling of green waste.
Pond acts for flood attention.
During construction of pitches all soil will remain on site and no soil will be imported.
Development of sustainability strategies / climate action plan
Plans to have a sustainability and biodiversity plan for the park.
Promotion of positive behavioural changes amongst members / users
Hold regular nature walks within park to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity in the park.
Include interpretation boards within park highlighting biodiversity (e.g pond / wetlands, community orchard, wildflower meadow).
Include information posters on greywater harvestings, solar energy, composting and recycling facilities within the park.
Plan to have an Active Community Walking Programme within park to encourage walking for all age groups.
Active travel facilities
Plan to create linking path to Bohola school so children can walk from school to community park thereby reducing the need to use vehicle transport.
Park is just on the edge of the village making it easily accessible to all.