River Nore rises to new levels

Over the last number of weeks we have seen the river Nore rise and rise. The Nore  still quite a wild river with many tree-lined natural banks. When the river rises the floodplains turn into lakes. Trees along the riverbank  where undermined and weakened are washed down the river. The City boardwalk was just above the flood level.

Not a time for swimming as the wild river Nore washes whole trees and their roots  down the river

With the water at such a high level the newly completed mural at Ossory bridge looks like it is swimming in the river.

The river boardwalk  between Ossory bridge and the City centre is just above the flood level

Winter bedding and colour

The colder winter days brings new work for our many residents associations with the cleaning of planted areas. Beds where possible have  a variety of sustainable plants that give colour all year round.  These need to be weeded, the plants trimmed  back, or in many cases divided and replanted elsewhere.  Some winter colour is add with primroses and violas. The robin,  a gardeners friend in the winter  stands by,  ready to pick up any tasty morsels which remain after the work.

 

 

Hurricane Ophelia undertakes tree felling in Kilkenny City!

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful has been undertaking extensive tree planting through out our City over many years.

We now have to  commence the task of reviewing the damage caused by Ophelia. With many  trees still in leaf there has been some damage. A tree replacement programme will be undertake during the winter tree planting season to replace damaged trees.

A number of trees planted by KKB 15 years ago on Bennettsbridge road have been damaged.

Rehab Kilkenny joins KKB to plant for the future.

Congratulations to Rehab and Bird Watch Ireland  for joining our 2017  “planting for the future” initiative . A  new orchard and fruit garden has been planted just off  Bennettsbridge road. The new garden  will continue to give fruit  and apples into the future. it will be bee and wild life  friendly. It is one of a large number of orchards and fruit gardens which have been planted in and around Kilkenny City by Keep Kilkenny Beautiful, Kilkenny County Council and many  of our Residents Associations over the last number of years.

 

Fruit tree and fruit bush planting

As part of our long term sustainability  programme KKB, our many residents associations and  our Local Authority are leaving a legacy  of extensive fruit tree and fruit  bush planting each year  right around Kilkenny City. These  trees and bushes  will continue to give fruit, cover and colour  to our community for many years to come, Kilkenny City has a very suitable micro climate for fruit tree planting.  Kilkenny: The orchard of Ireland.

Blackcurrant and gooseberry plants having been  propagated by  Keep Kilkenny Beautiful from 2016 cuttings are prepared for planting to create a new fruit garden in 2017. The fruit is equally popular for   jam making as to be  eaten our birds during the summer.

Apple tree planting underway 2017  creating a new fruit garden , protection is being  provided to protect the base of the trees from strimming and bark mulch to keep growth down by the  trees.

There are already many fruit tree varieties in our city , this tree is located in the city centre near the Black abbey (pictured autumn 2016)

Over 1000 trees planted at Bishops Meadows

Congratulations to all who worked together to plant some 1000 native trees at Bishopsmeadows in Kilkenny. The weather was ideal,  on the day with spring warmth! The planting was sponsored and coordinated  by Tree Services Ireland who have an aim to plant 2 trees for every tree removed. The work was undertaken by a large number of volunteers working with KKB and local residents.