Congratulations to Statestreet Bank staff for leading a large spring clean action which took place on 17 April 2019. This action forms part of our spring “deep clean” action undertaken by Keep Kilkenny Beautiful with a concentration on removing of non-biodegradable plastics and similar materials which get blown under bushes and trees during the year. This is a serious issue for our environment as plastics do not decompose over time.
Why not join keep Kilkenny beautiful and take part in national spring clean. Many groups all around Kilkenny city have already taken up the challenge. Please contact Kilkenny Co Co or contact us by telephone or email to let us know about your initiative.
A substantial start took place with the removal of a large area of balsam from the river Nore bank to the south east of Ossory bridge. This project forms part of a multi year programme to reduce and eliminate balsam from the upper stretches of the River Nore in the Kilkenny City area. This initial balsam day was supported by a large group of environmentalists currently in Kilkenny under the Youth and Environment Europe (YEE) network. Thank your for all of the hard work.
Careful removal of very small balsam plants in April
The Kilkenny mens shed have completed the construction of 3 new barn owl boxes. They were designed in line with Biredwatch Ireland guidance and are being erected in wooded areas in the City environs. The project is being lead by the KKB biodiversity group.
Pat Durkin of Birdwatch Ireland (right) explaining the operation of the barn owl boxes to Simon Walton City engineer Kilkenny Co Co at the launch of the project.
The first swallows of 2019 were spotting in Kilkenny on the 31st March. A sign of spring/summer. Work is also ongoing with the improvement of the Breagagh river, including cleaning of the banks and any debris that has gone into the river ready for the 2019 nesting season. work to remove all balsam has also been undertaken and this review will continue again later in the spring.
A large crowd attended a very interesting presentation by Zoe Devlin titled ” Wildflowers of Ireland – a personal record” which recently took place in Kilkenny. The event was coordinated by Bird watch Ireland Kilkenny branch. Zoe reviewed Ireland’s rare flowers and also some of the not so rare flowers including flowers growing in Kilkenny. Invasive species were also reviewed.
The importance of pollinator species was discussed. The event ties in to the theme of improving habitat for our bees in Kilkenny. The importance of many plants to specific insects and having adequate food for birds was noted.
“Talk of the town #2 – a vibrant vision; a green and inclusive Kilkenny 2030”
A very informative talk and debate in relation the environment, the way forward in Kilkenny and our future took place recently in the Pembroke hotel. The evening was coordinated by Malcolm Noonan, chaired by Eamon Ryan TD and with guest speakers Senator Grace O’Sullivan and Etaoin Holahan who provide inspiration in relation to the importance of everyone working together to improve our environment for our families and our children.
The well attended event was really enjoyable. Current environment issues were debated in relation to our city and county and potential ways forward we reviewed. We went away invigorated and with additional energy in relation to our aim of Keeping Kilkenny Beautiful into the future.