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.

Autumn Bulb planting

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful has distributed a large number of bulbs for autumn planting by resident associations  through out Kilkenny. We look forward to the added colour  in Spring 2017.

Bulb planting, it is goo to seek a location where the grass does not compete with the bulbs

Bulb planting, it is good to seek a location where the grass does not compete with the bulbs

planting under the canopy of trees

planting under the canopy of trees

elcoming the start of Spring!

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

 

Balsam in Kilkenny City gets a bash!

The non-native invasive species   is to be found on the river Nore close to Kilkenny City. The plant due to its large size, it  can smother native plant species reducing biodiversity and needs to be kept under control.The plant is an annual and it is important to remove new season growth prior to seeding.

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful  Environmental Subcommittee undertook a pilot balsam removal project  on the river Breagagh in 2015. This was found to be quite successful with only  limited  new plant  growth in the areas cleared in 2015.

In 2016 Keep Kilkenny Beautiful has proceeded with a much larger Balsam removal project. This commenced in May 2016 with removal of any new  plants in the section of the river between Ossory Bridge and the Boardwalk area.In addition, clearance is also being undertaken in the river Breagagh. The work is being done section by section by hard-working volunteers without the use of chemicals. The plants are being pulled  by the root and are being composted. Repeat visits are being made during the course of the summer to remove any additional balsam growth and to prevent flowering. The results of this larger pilot project will be reviewed again in detail in 2017 to assess the success of the work and to see if any adjustments to the work procedure be considered.

KKB are also thankful of the assistance and cooperation being received from Kilkenny Angler’s  and Kilkenny County Council.

KKB welcomes new volunteers to assist . See our Contacts page, also see also our Events page.

Bernadette MoloneyEnvironmental Awareness Officer with Regina Byrne Hon Secretary KKB with a large balsam plant

Regina Byrne Hon Secretary KKB and  Bernadette Moloney Environmental awareness Officer    with a large balsam plant on the board walk.

 

Hard working volunteer Balsam removal group on the Board walk

Hard working volunteer  group on the Board walk making ready to clear the Balsam

Rothe House pollinator day

A pollinator day took place at Rothe house on their garden open day in conjunction with Tanguy de Toulgoët  and coordinated by the KKB.  Tanguy  is  a bee keeper  and he  explained the art of bee keeping and the importance of pollinator plants. There was also  a honey tasting.   Information was  provided in relation to the selection of  pollinator plants  and how a garden could be made more bee friendly.

Visitors from Japan review the bee hive design which is of French/Japanese design

Visitors from Japan review the bee hive design which is of French/Japanese design

Honey tasting in Rothe garden

Honey tasting in Rothe garden

Rothe house herb garden

Rothe house herb garden

Rothe orchard, the grass is being left uncut to encourage wild flowers

Rothe orchard, the grass is being left uncut to encourage wild flowers

Tanguy de Toulgoët explains the bee hive construction.

Tanguy de Toulgoët explains the bee hive construction.