An extensive balsam removal scheme in the Kilkenny area river Nore and Breagagh on a phased basis has completed its 4th year. The aim is to remove plants before flowering and prevent seed being produced for the following year.
The banks all through our City have been restored to attractive riverside woodland. Balsam is an invasive weed which can push out the native species of plant leading to damage of river banks in the winter. While removing Balsam on the river bank it has been possible to see much of the river wildlife.
Wednesday 8th August 7pm at Canal Walk slip will see Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club (KSAC); Keep Kilkenny Beautiful (KKB) & Kilkenny County Council (KCC) coming together to sweep the city section of the River Nore to clear it of as much waste items as possible. Volunteers from the three organisations are working together to make the best impact as possible. This partnership has worked well over many years and efforts will go toward KKB’s Kilkenny’s submission to the National Tidy Towns Competition 2018.
The current water levels are historically low and this may assist with material that is lodged in areas hard to reach in “normal” years flow, said Lorcan Scott PRO with KSAC. The River Nore is a Special Area of Conservation and the clean-up should enhance conditions for fish and mammals species moving along the river.
Kilkenny city is blessed to have such a recreational and visual asset and as with all urban waterways the Nore can receive waste from a range of sources from excitable party goers to the inconsiderate members of the public.
This exercise will also have the added benefit of removing any potential hazard to divers required in any Search and Recovery activity in the Nore city section.
KSAC and KKB wish to thank Kilkenny County Council for their offer to take any resultant waste for appropriate disposal.
TThe Great War commemoration memorial at the Peace Park was recently completed. It is in a peaceful location overlooking the river Nore. There is colourful planting along the river walk.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Awards 2018.
Update due to extreme dry conditions in Kilkenny City:
KKB has taken the decision to cancel the Private Gardens awards element of our Kilkenny City Annual Awards Competition for 2018. This is due to the unprecedented dry spell here in Kilkenny. Irish water has requested all to conserve water and there is also the requirement to observe a hose pipe ban currently. All other award categories are not impacted.
The Private Gardens Awards will be reinstated again in 2019.
Congratulation to the Probation office, supported by KKB and Kilkenny Co Co for the wonderful re-presentation of all three of our historic wells. There has been cleaning , painting, weeding, trimming undertaken and some planting also put in place. Further planting will need to await winter rains. A traditional whitewash was used giving a brilliant white finish.