Kilkenny    ” cleaner than European norms” in latest 2017 IBAL survey  

The Irish Business Against Litter results for  2017 have been  announced.

Kilkenny City,  a three times in a row winner has achieved excellence again  with  the coveted   ” cleaner than European norms”    status and   joint 6th in the overall rankings for 2017.

Congratulations to Ennis on their receipt of a No.1 ranking in 2017

Kilkenny Castle in winter sun

 

Winter bedding and colour

The colder winter days brings new work for our many residents associations with the cleaning of planted areas. Beds where possible have  a variety of sustainable plants that give colour all year round.  These need to be weeded, the plants trimmed  back, or in many cases divided and replanted elsewhere.  Some winter colour is add with primroses and violas. The robin,  a gardeners friend in the winter  stands by,  ready to pick up any tasty morsels which remain after the work.

 

 

Bulb planting season in full swing

Bulb planting in the autumn, we look forward to spring colour! This forms part of our annual  planting each year giving  colour on an ongoing basis.  Areas with  many  bulbs are also thinned out directly after flowering, dried out and stored  and  the bulbs are then recycled into  new areas in the Autumn.

The earthworms  are near the surface and are disturbed as we do the bulb planting, the ground is quite damp after a lot of rain. (see 1 Euro coin for scale).  Worms are very important for the health of the earth.