Keep Kilkenny Beautiful welcome all Tidy towns south East Regional award winners to Kilkenny on Thursday 27th November. The awards event is to take place this year at the Newpark Hotel which is located on the Castlecomer road.
If you arrive early why not drop in to Kilkenny city centre.
The award winning Newpark marsh wild life area is also very close by to Newpark hotel with an attractive private nature walk link direct from the Hotel .
Attractive and informative signage for the Park. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful
The Marsh comprises an area of extraordinary plant and wildlife, which is now a major resource for the local residents and for our City. It is a most important natural reserve with no less than 49 different specifies of birds identified to date and more than 70 species of plants, trees and shrubs.
Water fowl well camouflaged in the Marsh. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful
The main objectives of the ongoing project included: –
-Enhance and develop the amenity and conservation of the extensive flora and fauna.
-Provide a safe environment for the extensive wildlife in the area.
-Foster a caring nature and wildlife culture in the local community and increase pride in the locality
-Create educational opportunities, School tours being accessible to able bodied & disabled persons.
-KKB continues the maintenance of the Fen in conjunction with Fas.
Seating area overlooking the vast Marsh area. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful
The Marsh received the ESB/CVI Community Environmental awards 2001. It was also the national winner for wildlife in the Tidy Towns Competition 2002.
The Marsh is designated an area of scientific interest (ASI).
The KKB has undertaken in conjunction with Kilkenny County Council and FAS an ongoing phased development at the Newpark Marsh, which is located just off the Castlecomer Road on Lovers Lane to the rear of the Newpark Hotel.
Water hen enjoys the sun in the Marsh. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful