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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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!