Thousands of people voted to replace the centuries-old manicured lawns of Dublin's Trinity College with a wildflower meadow.
"This is part of its response to Ireland’s biodiversity crisis and commitment to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan... . . . ...Wildflowers support biodiversity and provide a habitat for native insects and food for pollinators in the city centre."
One of Trinity College's missions:
To make "a pioneering attempt in Ireland to place wildflower spaces in a formal setting."
Hope for marked increase in environmental awareness:
The wildflowers will "serve as a constant reminder of what nature looks like while underlining the increasingly important role we all have in protecting our environment," said Professor John Parnell, chair of Trinity’s grounds and gardens committee.
Lower maintenance; more water conservation; increased sustainability:
"A wildflower meadow would require less water and upkeep than a clean and manicured lawn, since it doesn’t need mowing or frequent watering.
Hope for increased mental well-being:
"Many mental health experts have noted that spending just 20 minutes in a natural space can help boost your mood and reduce stress hormones. Now, students can enjoy a gorgeous piece of nature while they’re studying for their courses and walking to class."
Trinity College Dublin's extensive twitter feed after announcing the program: