Celebrate Water heritage day ( Sunday 25th August 9.30am) meet at Canal Square! All are welcome. Bat Boyd chairman of KKB environmental sub committee and Pat Durkin of Birdwatch Ireland Kilkenny lead a biodiversity walk along the river Nore. Experience the beautiful flora and fauna of the river Nore which flows to the centre of Kilkenny city. The results of the extensive removal of invasive weeds including Himalayan balsam will also be reviewed.
There is a lot of interest along the river bank and will also review Alien Invasive Species, non natives, indigenous species and endangered species in the context of our riparian biodiversity. These include the grey squirrel , mink, signal cray fish, mitten crab, and our most recent invasive water mold asphonomyces astaci ( white claw cray fish plague).
We will also talk about immediate threats from the mollusks kingdom Asian Clams and Zebra Mussels.
Plants to be reviewed include the Impatiens glandulifera not to be confused with our native Heracluem Sphondaelium ( cow parsley) and Heracleum mantegazzianum (giant hogweed).
We will also be looking at winter heliotrope and other invasive’s present from the Gonnera family. Non-natives but not invasive’s such as the sycamore , horse chestnut and rye grasses as well as native sedge’s.
It will be great fun hope to see you there Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 086-1075532 to be put on out text list and to get further details of our environmental actions and clean ups.
Welcome to all Bob Dylan and Neil Young fans to Kilkenny. We need you keep Kilkenny Beautiful and take your litter home. Why not take time to enjoy the amazing wildflowers along many of our roads including the city ring road.
It is important not to mow too much this time of year and let the wildflowers come out. These can be enjoyed by the pollinators. With a little bit of care there can be a wonderful display. Click here for the flight of the bumble bee video IMG_0577
At this time of year it is a regular occurrence that bees swarm. The honey bees should not be confused with wasps. Generally the bees will coalesce into a large bundle around the queen bee located possibly on a wall as they decide where they’re going to go to next. The bees in this situation are quite docile and the risk of getting a sting is low so long as the bees are not disturbed.
This week KKB called in the mid-Kilkenny Beekeepers to help when a swarm landed on one of Kilkenny’s historic limestone walls in the city centre. Congratulations to the beekeepers who had a volunteer out within an hour to help and a local building contractor who assessed to gain access. The swarm was collected and brought to a new hive. It is important that we protect and look after our pollinators in particular the honey bees.
Many thanks to the Lions Club and Dukesmeadows residents association who joined forces with KKB to undertake a Summer weeding of the Bennettsbridge rd., community orchard. The orchard has a variety of fruit tree types and also fruit bushes in an attractive location adjacent to the access route to the river Nore walks. The variety of trees and bushes is attractive for our pollinators and also provide autumn fruit and berries which is of interest to wildlife.
Congratulations to the Sycamores/Aylesbury and Talbots inch residents who joined the Bishops Meadows/Talbots inch weir balsam pick. This work forms part of the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful balsam invasive species eradication programme in the city and environs.
Information panel in relation to the Talbot’s inch suspension bridge which was washed away in the 1947 floods
Information panel in relation to the Talbot’s Inch suspension bridge which was washed away in the 1947 floods
Congratulations to Turas Nua and KKB volunteers for all the hard work undertaken Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful. Work included weeding, mulching and maintenance of sustainable planting on the Sion Road and also undertaking removal of invasive Himalayan balsam along the river Nore adjacent to Ossory Bridge.
Many hands make light work!
You can also join the many volunteers, clubs and local businesses who are working to keep Kilkenny beautiful.! See our events page to join and be part of the environmental actions being undertaken to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful.
Keep Kilkenny Beautiful welcomes all to our city, at this time of year our approach roads are spruced up, and this includes the bee friendly community orchard on the Waterford road. the trees are currently in flower and we await a great fruit crop later in the year. Congratulations to the Kilkenny Bahai community who came out to maintain the Orchard and Kilkenny welcome sign!.
KKB and Dukesmeadows residents participated in a UN-backed global initiative which is being spearheaded in Ireland by the charity Crann, Trees for Ireland through their easy treesie project. With support from Kilkenny County Council, children are assisted in planting native and naturalised trees in their local area. Kilkenny City was selected for a ceremonial tree planting in advance of Earth Day next Monday . This project will assist in providing a shelter belt and wildlife corridor, capture carbon and of course beautify our area.The fruit trees are also very important for our wildlife and pollinators.
Fruit tree planting at Dukesmeadows
Many children around the country have already had a chance to join in this environmental learning opportunity, planting over 14,000 trees in their local parks, community gardens, roadside verges and hospitals as part of the challenge for Ireland’s children to plant a million trees by 2023.
The trees have been specially selected by the team of specialists in easy treesie – Crann. Joining in this activity ties in with many curriculum objectives at local schools and will assist in their winning the International Green Flags.
There was a presentation at Dukesmeadows during the planting on the subject of trees and their importance for our city by Orla Farrell of Crann . A great planting was has by all. Our children will have the opportunity to benefit from the fruit of their labours for many years to come.
KKB have been working with many groups throughout Kilkenny over the last number of years to plant hundreds of fruit trees and bushes suitable for their location.A number of community orchards have already been established and additional orchards are being planned. This action continue over the next number of years. Residents associations and voluntary groups who would like to participate in this action are more than welcome to contact KKB for the next planting season.