Rehab Kilkenny joins KKB to plant for the future.

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.

 

Fruit tree and fruit bush planting

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)

Great spotted woodpecker in Kilkenny City

Congratulations to Birdwatch Ireland,  there has been a confirmed  sighting of the Great spotted woodpecker to the western side of Kilkenny City. This is great news for our City.  Extensive work has been undertaken over many years to improve and extend tree cover and woodland  in Kilkenny. This is creating a habitat suitable for the wood pecker.

Extensive tree cover through Kilkenny City along River Nore

Extensive tree cover through Kilkenny City along River Nore

 

River Nore walk featured in Irish Times

The wonderful  River Nore walk between Kilkenny and Bennettsbridge was featured in the Irish Times. The trail stretches for 11 km and starts at Canal square under Kilkenny Castle. There is also a very attractive  loop and board walk  starting at Canal square. this extends   as far as the new pedestrian bridge at Ossory  Bridge  and back on the opposite river side.   This  loop which meanders through a wooded area  along the river Nore is  c.5km in length.   The City Loop was only completed in 2014 and it is already  very popular with visitors.

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A start can be made  at Kilkenny castle. The walk is directly under the imposing castle.

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Under is a view of the  extensively wooded valley between Kilkenny castle and Ossory bridge which forms the  attractive walking loop close to the City.river nore from the Lacken Viewing point

 

Help put down more Kilkenny roots……..

Time to put down some extra roots for us and future generations………..how?  By taking part in the “One million trees in one day “project.  Planting is to take place  in Dukes Meadows and Bishop Meadows.  This project has been postponed nationally until the 27th April, we will provide updates on where to meet and times closer to the event.   All are welcome, one day of work, years of reward!!!
Contact us at mail@keepkilkennybeautiful.com  or  check out http://www.onemilliontreesinoneday.com/index.htmlonemillontrees

Plant 1 million trees in one day: Kilkenny City takes part!

Kilkenny City  is taking part in the “one million trees in one day” initiative. We are currently working with our City Authorities and  Residents associations  to identify and prepare suitable planting locations within our City. The  tree planting   is to take place during the period  Friday 22nd March 2013 – Saturday 23rd March 2013. Planting will begin at 12 noon on Friday and will finish at 12 noon on Saturday.

River Nore Weir and extensive forest on the Canal walk  close to Kilkenny City Centre. Copyright: Keep Kilkenny Beautiful

The River Nore and associated wooded areas and meadows reach right into our City centre.  The planting of new trees   along the river Nore as part of this initiative  will enhance our Environment and be of benefit to our wildlife and biodiversity.

If you wish to assist or volunteer on this initiative please contact us at mail@keepkilkennybeautiful.com

Further information on the initiative can be found at www.onemilliontreesinoneday.com

River Nore Board walk officially opened.

An extensive new river Nore board walk has  opened  for use. It is now possible to walk down the Canal walk from Canal square, cross Ossory Bridge and return along the new  Lacken Board walk back to the City Centre. This major development enhances the extensive amenities already available  along the river Nore  in both the Greens Bridge and Ossory bridge directions.