Tynwald Day

Charities, traders and caterers who wish to be part of the 2022 Tynwald Day on Tuesday July 5 are being invited to apply for a plot on the Fair Field at St John’s.

There are approximately 138 plots on the Tynwald Fair Field that help to add to the occasion by providing entertainment, games and items for sale.

All registered charities, traders and catering establishments wishing to have a stall will need to complete the appropriate online application form. These can be found on the Public Estates and Housing Division page of the gov’s website under the Related Links Section. Alternatively, call 01624 687300 to request an application form to be sent to you.

Completed forms must be returned by Monday June 6 and notification of the allocation of plots will be provided in due course. In the event of over-subscription, a draw will be made.

There is no charge for the 10ft x 10ft plots and applicants who sell a wide variety of items or provide games or entertainment will be given priority over those who only display information or hand out leaflets.

Park Somewhere Else

Manx Care is re-designating the visitor car parking surrounding the Community Health Centre on Westmoreland Road in Douglas. This means that people using the Community Health Centre or Kensington Group Practice may need to change where they would typically park.

Manx Development Corporation will begin redevelopment work on the Old Nurses Home on Westmoreland Road in Douglas on Tuesday May 3, which means that the visitor car park beside the Old Nurses Home will close this Friday. Visitors to both the Kensington Group Practice and the clinics held at the Community Health Centre will be able to use the car parking area to the immediate front of the Community Health Centre for up to two hours. The designated disabled parking there will remain unchanged and available for use. Parking will also be available on Westmoreland Road and the surrounding streets which are two-hour disc zones patrolled by local parking wardens.   

The car park closure will remain in place for at least two years.

Trees!

People are being encouraged to report diseased trees to help build a better picture of how they are affecting the Isle of Man’s hedgerows, woodlands and forests.

Diseases, such as ash dieback (ADB), Phytophthora ramorum and Dutch elm disease are believed to have killed thousands of trees on the Island in the last 30 years. While DEFA is closely monitoring the situation, such diseases are impossible to eradicate and very difficult and costly to control.

It is currently estimated that around 80% of the Island’s ash trees could be lost due to ADB and up to 20% of the commercial forests managed by DEFA will need to be felled and replanted as result of the Phytophthora ramorum infection.

This will have a significant impact on the Manx landscape and wildlife. To help the department is asking people to 👇

👩‍💻 Use the ‘Tree Alert’ app to report tree health concerns https://treealert.forestresearch.gov.uk/

🌱 Only buy plants and trees from reputable nurseries

🍂 Practice good biosecurity when visiting the countryside

🌳 More information can be found on the Observatree website https://www.observatree.org.uk/

The DEFA team can be contacted by calling ☎️ 695701.