A large crowd attended a very interesting presentation by Zoe Devlin titled ” Wildflowers of Ireland – a personal record” which recently took place in Kilkenny. The event was coordinated by Bird watch Ireland Kilkenny branch. Zoe reviewed Ireland’s rare flowers and also some of the not so rare flowers including flowers growing in Kilkenny. Invasive species were also reviewed.
The importance of pollinator species was discussed. The event ties in to the theme of improving habitat for our bees in Kilkenny. The importance of many plants to specific insects and having adequate food for birds was noted.
Saturday May 28th : Presentation at Bee friendly Rothe House garden 1pm-3pm. There will also be the identification of bee/pollinator friendly plants. All are welcome. Entry to the Gardens is free to all on the day. Arranged by KKB and Rothe House gardens.
We also welcome Tanguy de Toulgoët a bee keeper to explain the art of bee keeping. He uses a French system using a vertical divisible hive. The small boxes suits very well the size of the bee cluster especially during the winter. It is a great hive to keep bees naturally. They organise their nest in their own way and the surplus honey is harvested (if any) around August. The honey is stored in the higher boxes. The honey will be pressed or can be eaten in the comb. A full box is always left for the bees for the winter.
Why not take part in the Kilkenny “Stop Food Waste Challenge”. The aim is to reduce your food waste, save money, have some fun and enjoy tasty meals on the way!
If you are interested in being part of the challenge, ring Bernadette Moloney, Environmental Awareness Officer on 056-7794487 or email your contact details to [email protected] or [email protected] before the 18th of September 2014.
As part of the KKB pilot estate development project Sycamores and Aylesbury residents association hosted a planter basket demonstration undertaken by Stuart Day of the KKB. The estate was recipient of the overall KKB Tidy Towns Estate award in 2013. Congratulation to all who took part in arranging the event.
There was a large gathering to review progress on the conservation work being undertaken at St Mary’s Church Graveyard. The Open Day was organised to give an opportunity to meet with the stonemasons, conservation specialists and archaeologists working on the project.
There will be a seminar on the overall conservation and restoration project at St Mary’s on the 13th April. For further information click here for link.
Presentation on stone work by Paul Tallis Building Contractor
Some of the Large attendance at the event.
City poster. This shows historic stone work within St Mary’s.
One of our City Welcome Ambassadors assisting with access to a historic crypt.
Why not volunteer to help in the Tidy towns movement in Kilkenny City!
KKB members were recently at Supervalue Loughboy to display recent winning medals and to show the success of volunteer work through out our City. Leaflets about the work of Keep Kilkenny Beautiful were distributed.
The KKB have erected a large display to advertise the 2013 Tidy towns competition in the City. A currently disused high profile building has been spruced up with Kenny the Cat and the message “reduce reuse and recycle”