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.
Congratulations to all who took part in our poop off our pavements promotional on the Canal Walk and at McDonagh Junction shopping centre. KKB had a great time meeting all of the dog owners and their wonderful dogs. It is great to see that all want a wonderful environment to walk in Kilkenny City with their dogs and that they support the scooping of poop to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
A handy poop bag holder was also distributed as were poop off our pavement stickers and sustainable poop bags.
A number of talking lampposts have also appeared along the main walks through out Kilkenny to reminding all regarding the need to scoop the poop and Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for all.
On the 16th of October, the Nore Dragon Paddlers were awarded a “Hero’s in the Community Award” from Keep Kilkenny Beautiful for their continuous environmental contribution on the river Nore along with the Kilkenny Aqua Canoe Club, KACC.
This involved regular litter picks on the river whilst out on the water . As a result of this great achievement, the president of the Irish Dragon Boat Association, Julie Doyle, nominated the Nore Dragon Paddlers for the Environmental Award at the European Dragon Boat Federation Forum (30th of November – 2nd of December ) in Seville, Spain. We are delighted to announce that not only did the Nore Dragon Paddlers make the final, but they actually won the award!
The award ceremony was held on Saturday 1st November in Seville and was attended by representatives of the dragon boat community from 16 Nations including Ireland.
Congratulations to the Paddlers for their international success and working with our community to improve the environment in a sustainable way.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful welcomes all South East winners to Kilkenny on Tuesday 6th November to the Spring Hill Court Hotel, Waterford rd. located just off the City ring road on the Waterford road.
For information on the location of Hotel click here (to Google maps).
for information on Hotel click here for hotel website
Savour Kilkenny has introduced new green initiatives to minimise the environmental impact of the festival with waste minimisation and also raising environmental awareness for stall holders and visitors. This includes food waste bins, (for cooked / raw food) in addition general waste bins, compostable packaging, cardboard and newspaper. Reusable shopping bags are also available. This green initiative will divert food waste from landfill and instead the waste will be composted and converted into a usable product. Kilkenny CoCo and Savour encourage festival goers to separate their waste into compostable and general waste. visitors can refill their water bottles at provided water points reducing the need for plastic bottled water. Visitors are encouraged to walk, cycle, car pool to get to events which are mostly centered on the City area within easy access.
The judges were impressed with the variety of shop types and businesses, the many excellently painted shopfronts and buildings, the range of flowers, planters and the overall impression was very positive.
Congratulations to John Street as winner of the 2018 Kilkenny street of the year