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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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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.

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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. 

Read more: National Reuse Month Launches – Repair Remake Re-Imagine

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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.

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

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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.

Read more: Landscaping Dublin: Lawn Construction

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Global Green 2016

Now in it’s ninth year, Global Green is the conscious heartbeat of the Electric Picnic; a cutting edge nexus of green ideas and conviviality, showcasing new musical acts, offering great local food and introducing radical solutions for a future that works.

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Strawberry Sales are Bloomin' (National Strawberry Week 2016 starts Monday)

Irish strawberry sales are bloomin' according to new figures released today on day three of Bord Bia's Bloom festival. Retail sales have increased by almost 20% year on year, with over 7.7 million kgs sold in the last 12 months, valued at €74.3 million (source: Kantar). The increased sales figures are welcome news for the industry ahead of National Strawberry Week, which takes place from the 6th to the 12th of June. 

Read more: Strawberry Sales are Bloomin' (National Strawberry Week 2016 starts Monday)

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Sanctuary Synthetics Secret Life of Pets Wins Silver at Bloom

Sanctuary Synthetics are delighted to have been awarded a Silver Medal, Concept Small Garden category at Bloom 2016 for their “Secret Life of Pets” garden.

“The partnership with The Secret Life of Pets was ideal for us as it allowed us the opportunity to showcase the versatility of our artificial grass and installations while also reflecting the fun movie theme. ” says Mark O’Loughlin, owner of Sanctuary Synthetics.

Read more: Sanctuary Synthetics Secret Life of Pets Wins Silver at Bloom

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Bord Bia announces Bloom 2016 Medal Winners

Record number of Gold Medals Awarded at Bloom 2016
Thursday, June 2nd 2016: Bord Bia today announced the Bloom 2016 medal winners with the Overall Large Garden category award going to Alan Rudden from Westmanstown, Co. Dublin for his Chilean inspired ‘Santa Rita Living la Vida 120 Garden’. Earlier this year, while researching the project, Alan travelled to Chile to visit the Casa Real Estate, home of Santa Rita wine. The contemporary Latin American garden includes an alfresco dining area and a pool surrounded by Mediterranean arid planting.

Read more: Bord Bia announces Bloom 2016 Medal Winners

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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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Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces

I published an article a couple of years ago with 14 varieties of fruit and vegetables that suit smaller gardens, as well as another giving detailed information about container growing, also helpful if you’re growing on a balcony. 

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Over 60,000 Attend Ireland’s Largest Rural 1916 Event

Last weekend Teagasc welcomed over 60,000 people from across the country to Mellows Campus, Athenry for Farming and Country Life 1916. Over 2,000 school children attended the event on Friday.

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Record Numbers attend Bord Bia’s Bloom Festival

Almost 115,000 people attended Bord Bia’s Bloom festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend. This is a record attendance for Bloom, with glorious sunshine helping to attract huge crowds to the 70 acre site.

Read more: Record Numbers attend Bord Bia’s Bloom Festival

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Teagasc Horticulture on Show at Bloom 2016

The two Teagasc horticulture colleges and the horticulture development department will be exhibiting over the next five days at the 10th annual Bloom event in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Teagascare launching two new publications at this year’s show.

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Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin Garden - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

In this design, a bedroom extension has been incorporated into a garden, demonstrating the complementary fusion of private and outdoor space. The garden is quite contemporary in style, visually softened with a simple, flowing theme, suggestive of a relaxing retreat.

Read more: Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin Garden - Large Show Garden Bloom 2016

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