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.
Bulb planting in the autumn, we look forward to spring colour! This forms part of our annual planting each year giving colour on an ongoing basis. Areas with many bulbs are also thinned out directly after flowering, dried out and stored and the bulbs are then recycled into new areas in the Autumn.
The earthworms are near the surface and are disturbed as we do the bulb planting, the ground is quite damp after a lot of rain. (see 1 Euro coin for scale). Worms are very important for the health of the earth.
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.
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.
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)
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.