The non-native invasive species is to be found on the river Nore close to Kilkenny City. The plant due to its large size, it can smother native plant species reducing biodiversity and needs to be kept under control.The plant is an annual and it is important to remove new season growth prior to seeding.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Environmental Subcommittee undertook a pilot balsam removal project on the river Breagagh in 2015. This was found to be quite successful with only limited new plant growth in the areas cleared in 2015.
In 2016 Keep Kilkenny Beautiful has proceeded with a much larger Balsam removal project. This commenced in May 2016 with removal of any new plants in the section of the river between Ossory Bridge and the Boardwalk area.In addition, clearance is also being undertaken in the river Breagagh. The work is being done section by section by hard-working volunteers without the use of chemicals. The plants are being pulled by the root and are being composted. Repeat visits are being made during the course of the summer to remove any additional balsam growth and to prevent flowering. The results of this larger pilot project will be reviewed again in detail in 2017 to assess the success of the work and to see if any adjustments to the work procedure be considered.
KKB are also thankful of the assistance and cooperation being received from Kilkenny Angler’s and Kilkenny County Council.
KKB welcomes new volunteers to assist . See our Contacts page, also see also our Events page.
Regina Byrne Hon Secretary KKB and Bernadette Moloney Environmental awareness Officer with a large balsam plant on the board walk.
Hard working volunteer group on the Board walk making ready to clear the Balsam
A pollinator day took place at Rothe house on their garden open day in conjunction with Tanguy de Toulgoët and coordinated by the KKB. Tanguy is a bee keeper and he explained the art of bee keeping and the importance of pollinator plants. There was also a honey tasting. Information was provided in relation to the selection of pollinator plants and how a garden could be made more bee friendly.
Visitors from Japan review the bee hive design which is of French/Japanese design
Honey tasting in Rothe garden
Rothe house herb garden
Rothe orchard, the grass is being left uncut to encourage wild flowers
Tanguy de Toulgoët explains the bee hive construction.
The planting of the link road roundabout, connecting to the motorway, has been completed with over 4,000 herbaceous perennials and grasses. This is one of the largest sustainable roundabout planting schemes in the country. This pilot project is being carried out as a new approach to roundabout management. Once established it will be less maintenance intensive and will not require replanting year on year as is the current practice with bedding. It will take a couple of weeks to settle in and some hot weather to flower but hopefully will look well in time for Tidy Towns judging.
The Historic St Mary’s Church graveyard was officially opened to the public by our Mayor on the 1st June 2012.
A detailed conservation plan for the graveyard was completed in 2003. The opening of the graveyard is a step in the overall conservation plan for the Church and Graveyard. The church was founded some time before 1205 within the historic core of Kilkenny City.
There will be tours of the graveyard available through out the summer 2012.
Path through graveyard. Copyright : Keep Kilkenny Beautiful
One of the Historic graves within the churchyard. Copyright : Keep Kilkenny Beautiful
Newly opened gateway on to St Marys Lane. Copyright : Keep Kilkenny Beautiful
The Graveyard has a large variety of plant species which are to be protected. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
Tour underway in Graveyard by Patrick Neary Archaeologist. Copyright : Keep Kilkenny Beautiful