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.
Congratulations to Birdwatch Ireland, there has been a confirmed sighting of the Great spotted woodpecker to the western side of Kilkenny City. This is great news for our City. Extensive work has been undertaken over many years to improve and extend tree cover and woodland in Kilkenny. This is creating a habitat suitable for the wood pecker.
The wonderful River Nore walk between Kilkenny and Bennettsbridge was featured in the Irish Times. The trail stretches for 11 km and starts at Canal square under Kilkenny Castle. There is also a very attractive loop and board walk starting at Canal square. this extends as far as the new pedestrian bridge at Ossory Bridge and back on the opposite river side. This loop which meanders through a wooded area along the river Nore is c.5km in length. The City Loop was only completed in 2014 and it is already very popular with visitors.
A start can be made at Kilkenny castle. The walk is directly under the imposing castle.
The new Callan road city pop up park development has commenced. There is a 2 year programme of works and events planned. Invasive weeds are being removed. An insect reserve and wild flower garden area is to be protected. A survey of existing plants has been undertaken. Initial grass cutting of access paths and cleaning took place on mid summers day and this was followed by a KKB pop up BBQ!
Do you want to save money, take more control of what exactly you are eating, get more fresh air and spend time with people willing you help you achieve this? Then take a look below at the ever growing group of people growing more of their own food.
Kilkenny GIY – Grow It Yourself
Monthly Meetings: first Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm,
Downstairs in the Pembroke Hotel, Patrick Street, Kilkenny.
Talks and presentations from expert speakers, followed by question and answer sessions,
group discussions on topics of seasonal interest, sharing knowledge and experience.
All are welcome; newcomers, absolute beginners and experts alike, and the meetings are FREE.
Other activities during the year include garden and farm visits, meitheals, annual seedling swap and Savour festival demo.
To join the Kilkenny GIY mailing list and receive meeting notifications, send an e-mail to KilkennyGIY@gmail.com
Details of meetings are also posted on the Kilkenny GIY Group Page at http://www.GIYireland.com/giy_groups/group/61/