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Hayes Launches Native Woodland Conservation Scheme

Hayes Launches Native Woodland Conservation Scheme

Tom Hayes, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with respon...


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The Critical Role of Water in Feeding 10bn

According to an article, Liquidity Crisis, on water scarcity in The Economist (Nov 5th) the water used by farmers to ‘grow huge amounts of food in places that would otherwise be too dry to do so,’ is a key contributor to a food production system that is ‘unsustainable.’

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Protecting Ireland’s Pollinators

‘Globally, bees are the most important pollinators because they visit flowers to collect pollen for their larvae, as well as feeding exclusively on the nectar of flowers as adults. Hence, the entire life-cycle of bees is dependent on interactions with flowering plants’, All Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015 -2020.

Read more: Protecting Ireland’s Pollinators

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Sustainable Cities And Communities: Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 11

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 I 13.30 - 17.00 I Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8

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Irish Tree Society Annual Lecture 2016

Managing Threats to Ornamental Trees

Open to RHSI members and the general public, will be held on October 6, 2016, at 2.00pm in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin by kind permission of its Director, Dr. Mathew Jebb.

Read more: Irish Tree Society Annual Lecture 2016

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Minister Creed Highlights World Food Day Activities for Schools

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD, recently highlighted activities for school children associated with UN World Food Day, which falls on 16th October each year.

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The Great Switch Off

It’s been on the cards for a while, and now a recent study from Ofcom of 2,025 adults and 500 teenagers, strongly indicates how the on-line lifestyle is adversely affecting our personal and working lives. Internet addiction, sleep deprivation, anxiety levels at an all-time high - technology is finally taking its toll.

Read more: The Great Switch Off

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Fungi a Fine Fixer of Battery Recycling Issue

The natural world has done it again, with fungi found to extract cobalt and lithium from waste batteries previously consigned to landfills and incinerators. 

Disposing of batteries is rarely the most environmentally friendly of activities, with the materials they are made from often having a long-lasting, damaging effect on the environment. 

Read more: Fungi a Fine Fixer of Battery Recycling Issue

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Distinguished Recorder Award 2016 Source - Biodiversity Ireland

The Data Centre is seeking nominations for the Distinguished Recorder Award 2016. The annual award was established by the Data Centre in 2008 and is made to an individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to the recording of Ireland’s biodiversity.

Read more: Distinguished Recorder Award 2016 Source - Biodiversity Ireland

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Practical Gardening is Good for Your Health at Greenmount Open Weekend

Visit the gardens and the grounds at Greenmount Campus on the weekend of Saturday 23 July and Sunday 24 July. Be inspired to get hands on with gardening, there will be the opportunity to have a go at some hard landscaping skills and students will have plants to sell to brighten up the garden for the rest of the summer.

Read more: Practical Gardening is Good for Your Health at Greenmount Open Weekend

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Garden Pests: Lupin Aphid, Macrosiphum albifrons

When I was about 5 or 6, one of the first things I thought myself to do was to get Geraniums to produce roots by simply placing them in a saucer of water. My pocket money, far better spent on compost (and football stickers) once I'd figured that technique out and moved onto propagating Cacti, that in mind, could never afford me the luxury of purchasing rooting powder.

Read more: Garden Pests: Lupin Aphid, Macrosiphum albifrons

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A Taste of Food Science – Public Open Evening at Teagasc Ashtown

Teagasc is holding a public open evening at its Food Research Centre in Ashtown, Dublin, this Thursday evening, 17 November, from 6.30pm-9pm. Meet some of our researchers and find out more about the science of food and how this relates to you and what you eat at ‘A Taste of Food Science’.

Read more: A Taste of Food Science – Public Open Evening at Teagasc Ashtown

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ReCreate Named Community Recycling Project of the Year

The team at ReCreate were delighted to have been awarded National Community Recycling project of the year for 2016 at the Pakman Awards, hosted by Repak. 

The Pakman Awards are a national awards programme that recognises excellence in waste management and recycling among businesses, organisations, community groups and individuals in Ireland. 

Read more: ReCreate Named Community Recycling Project of the Year

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Water Conservation and Protection Advisory Leaflet Launched by Irish Water

At this year’s National Ploughing Championships Irish Water will launch an information leaflet for farmers on how to conserve and protect water on their farms.

As major customers of Irish Water, farming families are heavy water users so being able to conserve water is essential to save money.

Read more: Water Conservation and Protection Advisory Leaflet Launched by Irish Water

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Composting and Anaerobic Digestion in Ireland

This data release provides information on composting and anaerobic digestion in Ireland in 2015.

The EPA produces national statistics on waste generation and management to meet legislative reporting obligations and inform national policy development.

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Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland Bicentenary Gala on 30th September - Top Class Speakers

To mark the RHSI’s two hundred year contribution to horticulture, arboriculture and floral art in Ireland, a Gala Celebration, the high point of our Bicentenary events will take place on FRIDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2016.

Read more: Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland Bicentenary Gala on 30th September - Top Class Speakers

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National Reuse Month Launches – Repair Remake Re-Imagine

Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, TD, recently launched National Reuse Month in the Wood Quay Venue, Dublin 8. October 2016 has been designated as National Reuse Month involving the three Regional Waste Offices who are coordinating a nationwide series of events to run throughout the month. 

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Aleppo Garden Centre Destroyed by War

 Abu Ward ran the last garden centre in war torn Aleppo. He was assisted by his devoted son Ibrahim.

Channel4 News covered their story as part of a documentary of life in the besieged city.

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Minister Creed Seeks Proposals Under CEDRA Initiative to Advance Social Farming

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD has announced that his Department has issued a request for tender, under the CEDRA Rural Innovation and Development Fund, for two LOTS seeking (a) service providers with the vision and capability to develop a social farming network and (b) a substantial social farming model project.

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Minister to Bring Forward Legislation to De-Designate 46 Raised Bog Natural Heritage Areas

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that the drafting of legislation has been approved as a matter of priority for the de-designation of 39 raised bog Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs) and the part de-designation of 7 raised bog NHAs.

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Landscaping Dublin: Lawn Construction

I don’t do negatives in life as best as I possibly can, or at all. I find the dwelling on them an entirely pointless exercise. Problems, as best as possible should be dealt with and or very simply eliminated, move on and enjoy the finer things in life.

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