A substantial start took place with the removal of a large area of balsam from the river Nore bank to the south east of Ossory bridge. This project forms part of a multi year programme to reduce and eliminate balsam from the upper stretches of the River Nore in the Kilkenny City area. This initial balsam day was supported by a large group of environmentalists currently in Kilkenny under the Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) network. Thank your for all of the hard work.
Careful removal of very small balsam plants in April
The first swallows of 2019 were spotting in Kilkenny on the 31st March. A sign of spring/summer. Work is also ongoing with the improvement of the Breagagh river, including cleaning of the banks and any debris that has gone into the river ready for the 2019 nesting season. work to remove all balsam has also been undertaken and this review will continue again later in the spring.
Breagagh clean up in conjunction with Roberts hill residents association ( 16th February ) meet 10am entrance to Roberts Hill estate off Circular road, Tea ~Coffee after! bring your wellies. All are welcome. Email us at [email protected] or ring 086-1075532 to get details of our environmental actions and clean ups.
Newpark Marsh hosted the world wet lands day visit on 2 February. Located close to the centre of Kilkenny city Newpark is a wonderful Marsh environment with a large amount of wildlife.On the visit organised by Birdwatch Ireland Kilkenny Branch, with support from the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council. A great lmorning was enjoyed. It was quite cold and ice was in place across much of the wetland. KKB has been working many years with local stakeholders and Kilkenny county council to maintain Newpark Marsh. .Newpark Marsh was awarded the top award in the ESB/CVI Community Environmental awards 2001 and the Marsh was also a national winner for Wildlife in the Tidy Towns Competition 2002. Since then there have been many improvements including additional signage, seating and a wonderful walk around the Marsh.
After a long dry Summer and Autumn there has now been plenty of rain, softening up the earth and replenishing the ground water. Our programme of winter planting of trees and fruit bushes has commenced.
The Lacken walk is almost covered with the rising flood waters
The board walk keeps our feet out of the water and allows the wetlands to be flooded
Board walk at Ossory Bridge, new signage has been erected showing the attractive loop walking routes available
Many thanks to Statestreet Bank for volunteering to undertake a comprehensive summer clean with KKB of the historic St Maul’s graveyard, this including cleaning, painting trimming and digging! The grave yard is a quiet haven within a bustling city.
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.