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)

Great spotted woodpecker in Kilkenny City

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.

Extensive tree cover through Kilkenny City along River Nore

Extensive tree cover through Kilkenny City along River Nore

 

River Nore walk featured in Irish Times

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.

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A start can be made  at Kilkenny castle. The walk is directly under the imposing castle.

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Under is a view of the  extensively wooded valley between Kilkenny castle and Ossory bridge which forms the  attractive walking loop close to the City.river nore from the Lacken Viewing point

 

Callan Road pop up park works commence!

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!

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