Volunteering: Volunteering Expo takes place on Thursday 27th September 11.00 am – 3.00 pm at MacDonagh Junction, Email us at [email protected] or ring 086-1075532 to get details, all are welcome.
Many thanks to the many Statestreet Bank Volunteers who have given our Waterford rd community orchard a summer brush up.
Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful does not happen by itself. Our City is beautiful because of the voluntary effort of many through out the year. This community orchard is also has an attractive seating area.
The fruit trees are vert suited to pollinators earlier in the year and the fruit in August /September is delicious to enjoy.
A fitting county emblem which will also raise the importance of bees as pollinators. KKB works each year to improve the range of honey and bumble bee friendly planting throughout our city.
Wednesday 8th August 7pm at Canal Walk slip will see Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club (KSAC); Keep Kilkenny Beautiful (KKB) & Kilkenny County Council (KCC) coming together to sweep the city section of the River Nore to clear it of as much waste items as possible. Volunteers from the three organisations are working together to make the best impact as possible. This partnership has worked well over many years and efforts will go toward KKB’s Kilkenny’s submission to the National Tidy Towns Competition 2018.
The current water levels are historically low and this may assist with material that is lodged in areas hard to reach in “normal” years flow, said Lorcan Scott PRO with KSAC. The River Nore is a Special Area of Conservation and the clean-up should enhance conditions for fish and mammals species moving along the river.
Kilkenny city is blessed to have such a recreational and visual asset and as with all urban waterways the Nore can receive waste from a range of sources from excitable party goers to the inconsiderate members of the public.
This exercise will also have the added benefit of removing any potential hazard to divers required in any Search and Recovery activity in the Nore city section.
KSAC and KKB wish to thank Kilkenny County Council for their offer to take any resultant waste for appropriate disposal.
TThe Great War commemoration memorial at the Peace Park was recently completed. It is in a peaceful location overlooking the river Nore. There is colourful planting along the river walk.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2018.
Update due to extreme dry conditions in Kilkenny City:
KKB has taken the decision to cancel the Private Gardens awards element of our Kilkenny City Annual Awards Competition for 2018. This is due to the unprecedented dry spell here in Kilkenny. Irish water has requested all to conserve water and there is also the requirement to observe a hose pipe ban currently. All other award categories are not impacted.
The Private Gardens Awards will be reinstated again in 2019.
Congratulation to the Probation office, supported by KKB and Kilkenny Co Co for the wonderful re-presentation of all three of our historic wells. There has been cleaning , painting, weeding, trimming undertaken and some planting also put in place. Further planting will need to await winter rains. A traditional whitewash was used giving a brilliant white finish.
The City Ring road extends to some 7 Km from Castlecomer rd. to the callan rd. with extensive attractive planting and some 10 roundabouts all with individual plantingdesigns.
The attractive for the 6 spot Burnet moth Zygaena filipendulae Click here for short video of moth
Throughout Kilkenny our many pear and apple community orchards are flowering in colourful whites and pinks. The wild cherry has already flowered. We look forward to the fruit later in the year. Additional orchard and fruit tree planting continues each year at new locations and existing trees are pruned. Attractive orchards can be seen at various locations and estates through out our City. Examples can be seen at Kilkenny castle Park, Waterford Rd. and Bennettsbridge rd. Along the main ring road there is a variety of fruit trees planted interspersed among the overall planting.