The new Callan road city pop up park development has commenced. There is a 2 year programme of works and events planned. Invasive weeds are being removed. An insect reserve and wild flower garden area is to be protected. A survey of existing plants has been undertaken. Initial grass cutting of access paths and cleaning took place on mid summers day and this was followed by a KKB pop up BBQ!
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.
The 2012 Castle Heritage open day took place on the 11 March 2012. There was a large attendance at the Castle which was open without charge to the public. There were a number of exhibitions including a display of historic Kilkenny City documents including the Liber Primus Kilkennieness 1231-1537, our city’s earliest book recording events of the Corporation of Kilkenny.
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.
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.
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.
An autumn clean up took place at Newpark Marsh on Saturday 5th November 2011.
The National tidy towns 2011 competition is currently under way. Judging of Kilkenny City is likely to commence over the next few days!
Mr Sean Leahy KKB Chairman urge all in the city to make an extra effort over the next 8 week to Keep Kilkenny Beautiful!