Deep clean under way!

Why not take part in our  KKB deep clean  “spring cleans ” as part of the Kilkenny City   National Spring Clean events! Our  aim is to  go deep into the  bushes and verges and concentrate in particular on the removal  of  plastics which are not biodegradable.

The statistics tells how bad it  can be on our County roads due to  our “disposable” society; 100 drink cans, 43 paper cups and 127 plastic bottles were  found in a recent Kilkenny Co Co survey on just 1km of country  roadside!  It  is interesting to note that no plastic bags were  listed.  The 15c tax on each plastic bag has been  a success.

Keep Kilkenny Beautiful did a plastic bag survey in Kilkenny City in 2000 and found over 200 discarded plastic bags  in just one section of 1/2km roads edge.

We need the political courage to finally arrange to put a returnable 25c deposit (or more) on drink cans and plastic bottles.

For “paper” cups ( which also contain plastic) why niot consider a 25c tax an encouragement to use  suddenly this “trash”  is actually  of value and the problem will  disappear like the plastic bag !

iur City ring road cycle and walk way, spring cleaned!

Kells road path and cycle way at entry to into our City

 

 

Tree planting completed at Lacken walk

Congratulations to all who attended the tree planting  near the board walk at Lacken, walk. many hundreds of trees have been planted  including many native Irish species. the weather was damp but this made for good planting conditions with the ground soft and receptive to bare root tree slips. In particular  we thank Dan of Tree Services Ireland  who coordinated the event and whose  aim is to plant two trees for every one tree  removed!

Tea and coffee station!

Planting on a slope,

Happy dog day!

Streetscape Painting scheme launched

The  2018 Streetscape painting scheme has been launched, why not work to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful  and  get your building painted.  Present Kilkenny city at its best. If you need help with your application  please contact  KKB at  mail@keepkilkennybeautiful.com  or see also our contacts page. Alternatively  link  directly to the Kilkenny Co Co web page:    click here!

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.

 

 

Kilkenny City and Formigine

Formigine  completed a joint Clean up  with Kilkenny Clty on the 23rd September.  As a clean up was taking place in Formigine in Italy,  in Kilkenny  Keep Kilkenny Beautiful coordinated a Joint Clean up day also.

It is proposed to have a formal twinning  next May, currently there is a friendship agreement in place.

Some of the Clean up day team commencing at Loughboy in Kilkenny.

Colourful planting on Nuncio road seen during the clean up event

New sitting  area at entrance to Kilkenny city on Waterford road with community orchard

Community apple trees are now in fruit through out our City, these trees are located along the City ring road providing  autumn colour and fruit.

 

Murals in Kilkenny

Our city has had many creative and fantastic murals. These  are generally commissioned for specific  locations by Kilkenny Co Co, local businesses and voluntary groups  and also by Keep Kilkenny Beautiful. Repairs and cleaning of important murals is also undertake as required. This work in conjunction with a “spray it over” and “clean it off” policy has meant that Kilkenny has a very low level of graffitti through out our city.

Ossory bridge mural recently completed.

Repairs to Ossory Bridge Mural being undertaken Summer 2017

Closh Summer youth Group Project “one human family”

Fantastic mural on Ossory bridge newly completed this summer. The large scale the Mural  works well with the   well used pedestrian Bridge at this location.

Bahai Youth Group  with members from all over europe worked  to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful this summer. What a great way to work with the community!

Work under way at the Closh!

New mural at Peace Park facing the river Nore. The newly completed  mural complements the colourful Peace Park wild flower planting.

Newly repaired St Mary’s Lane Duck, thank you to  Paris Texas for comissioning  the work!