Dukesmeadows forms an extensive urban wild flower meadow close to the River Nore and within walking distance of Kilkenny City Centre. It is a haven for wildlife, insects and plants. it forms an attractive amenity for the residents of the area.
Attractive flower beds and planting reflect the environmental improvement works being undertaken in Lintown.
Kilkenny is fortunate to have a number of very attractive lake and marsh habitats within the City. Lakeside is currently springing to life. to assist the wild fowl a floating nesting area has been put in place and also a small island had been planted. Currently there are a pair of swans nesting, they and the other wild foul are working hard to prepare their nests.
The WWF Earth Hour was celebrated in the Kilkenny communities of Melville Heights and Dukesmeadows on Saturday the 26th March at 8.30 p.m. A large crowd of residents and visitors turned out to launch sky lanterns into the night sky. The evening was still and cloudless. The neighbouring houses has their lights turned off. The launched lanterns formed a constellation of star like globes rising into the still evening. The event was organised by Kilkenny Local Authorities Environmental section in conjunction with Keep Kilkenny Beautiful and promoting a sustainable future in harmony with nature for all in our City.
During March the KKB distributed a large number trees through out the city for planting by community groups, residents associations and other groups. The KKB wish to thank O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club for facilitating the distribution of trees from their car park on the 12th March 2011. There was a range of tree types including Birch, wild cherry and mountain ash. The planting of these trees will add to the city amenity and will also provide food and cover for wild life.
Sean Leahy, Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Committee Chairman, thanks the many volunteers who helped to clean up litter black spots and improve unsightly parts of the city over the summer.
This last week a major clean up was organised in the Butt’s area in conjunction with the Fr. McGrath centre involving the children of the area. this work continues as part of the KKB campaign to involve children and families in the upkeep and cleaning of their own areas and communities in conjunction also with the Bainisteoir Bruscair competitions earlier in the year. This grass roots approach has been to the benefit of the community at large while instilling pride and a sense of ownership by those who have partaken this year. The recent clean up included many children and residents from the Butt’s area cleaning around the Waterbarrack and the Bregeagh River Public Park areas which are adjacent to one of the city’s busiest traffic roundabouts.
Display at local Supervalue store Loughboy, Kilkenny.