And then things got better...
A culmination of work paid off!
Volunteers came out on Saturdays (and Wed evenings) to pick up litter, weed, cut verges, set seeds, plant flowers and generally tend to the village.
Volunteers painted the bollards and lamp posts
Reported all our many issues with lighting, roads, signage, etc. etc. to the council using the FixMyStreet.ie website
Partnered with Fingal County Council to fund various biodiversity and conservation projects, to do more planting
Lobbied businesses for their help too
Wrote letters and got the wider community involved
Partnered with residents' associations and supported them to help as well.
And lots more....
The good stuff has become contagious and people really seem to be making an effort to keep Castleknock looking well. Thanks to everyone concerned!