11December2017

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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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Ireland’s National Biodiversity Indicators Released

 The National Biodiversity Data Centre has released the first set of National Biodiversity Indicators, designed to summarise trends in the health of our species, landscapes and seascapes. They also track broad changes in Irish society’s relationships with wildlife.

Read more: Ireland’s National Biodiversity Indicators Released

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Strategic Planning is Needed to Address Ireland's Climate Challenges

 The EPA has today published a new research No. 159 "Ensemble of regional climate model projections for Ireland" on high resolution regional climate modelling projections for Ireland. 

The report reveals how key features of Ireland’s climate, including the average temperature, rainfall and the types of storms, are projected to change over the coming decades.

Read more: Strategic Planning is Needed to Address Ireland's Climate Challenges

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Rachel Darlington Publishes Journal of an Irish Garden

Journal of an Irish Garden is a collection of columnist and plantsperson Rachel Darlington's articles in the Irish Garden magazine from 2007 to 2015. It details her development from amateur gardener to owner of a garden open to the public.

Read more: Rachel Darlington Publishes Journal of an Irish Garden

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New Locally-Led Burren Programme Opens

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, has opened the new Burren Programme for applications from interested farmers. The new scheme is one of the flagship projects to be supported under the proposed new Locally-Led Measure for the Rural Development Programme 2014 – 2020.

Read more: New Locally-Led Burren Programme Opens

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An Irish Garden by Jane Powers Wins UK Award

 

When I was in art college studying woven textiles, I won the Lillias Mitchell award for hand-spinning. I got a nice letter and a small cheque. That was decades ago, and I never won anything after that except for two raffle prizes.

Until yesterday.

Read more: An Irish Garden by Jane Powers Wins UK Award

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Two New Swatches Added to the Ireland’s Biodiversity Suite!

 

We’re delighted to introduce two new swatches to our ‘Ireland’s Biodiversity’ suite: ‘Ireland’s Ladybirds’ and ‘Trees & Shrubs’.

These swatches are pocket-sized, field-friendly, beautifully illustrated guides providing information on the identification of Ireland’s Biodiversity. Species are grouped by colour to highlight key identification features.

Read more: Two New Swatches Added to the Ireland’s Biodiversity Suite!

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Bell and Foster Welcome Announcement of New UNESCO Destination for Northern Ireland

Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark is now one of 120 such sites across the globe and sits alongside the Giant's Causeway World Heritage Site as the second of only two UNESCO designated sites in Northern Ireland. The status is awarded in recognition of an area's internationally important rocks and landscapes and how they are used for sustainable tourism.

Read more: Bell and Foster Welcome Announcement of New UNESCO Destination for Northern Ireland

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16 Natural Alternatives to Herbicide Use

As I sat in a building and watched someone spray a herbicide outside the window, apart from the immediate sense of disappointment, the first thing I noticed was that they weren’t wearing any protection. Judging by the way they were emptying the liquid into the spray bottle, quite possibly they hadn’t paid any heed to the recommended dilution either. I asked if it was Roundup® and whether they had a mask and gloves. The response was “yep it is”, and “ah sure”…

Read more: 16 Natural Alternatives to Herbicide Use

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Organic Recipe of the Week – Tribal Fusion – Salmon fillet, Potato Blini, Slaw

This weeks recipe comes from Conor & Declan at Aramark. Tribal Fusion, Salmon fillet, Potato Blini, Slaw.

It's a starter portion & serves 4 – 6.

Read more: Organic Recipe of the Week – Tribal Fusion – Salmon fillet, Potato Blini, Slaw

Minister Kelly Announces Recipients of grants under the 2015 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund

Mr Alan Kelly T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, recently announced the successful recipients of grant funding under the 2015 Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership Fund. This grant scheme promotes sustainable development by assisting small scale, non-profit environmental projects at a local level.

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Organic Recipe of the Week – Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Tis the season for them and well you either love them or hate them, if you are in the later half then here are some tempting recipes to convert you! This year has been a good year for growing sprouts so contact your local organic grower to order some now.

Read more: Organic Recipe of the Week – Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Geopark shortlisted for National Geographic World Legacy Award

 

The Geopark, which was designated as a UNESCO site following a vote at the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, has been shortlisted in the Destination Leadership category of The National Geographic World Legacy Awards alongside Destination Røros (Norway) and Travel Oregon (United States). 

Read more: Geopark shortlisted for National Geographic World Legacy Award

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EU Funding for €5.4m Project for Restoration of Ireland’s Active Raised Bogs

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, has today (Monday) welcomed the approval by the European Commission of a new project worth over €5.4 million for the restoration of Active Raised Bog in Ireland’s Special Area of Conservation (SAC) Network. 

Read more: EU Funding for €5.4m Project for Restoration of Ireland’s Active Raised Bogs

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Chickpeas and Temples

Many of us enjoy cozying up with a cup of tea and watching our favourite cookery programmes but does our new-found knowledge fall by the wayside as we become caught up in our day-to-day lives, or do we put even a fraction of what we learn into practice?

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Marble Arch Caves Designation as a UNESCO Global Geopark

 The Marble Arch Caves Geopark has officially been designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark.  Part of the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark is the Cavan Burren Park, which is managed by Coillte in association with Cavan Co Co.

Read more: Marble Arch Caves Designation as a UNESCO Global Geopark

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Distinguished Recorder Award 2015

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is delighted to announce that Pádraig Whooley will be awarded the Distinguished Recorder Award for 2015 at a special awards ceremony at Ely House, Ely Place, Dublin 2 at 11.30am on Friday, 27th November. The award will be made in recognition to the outstanding contributions Pádraig has made to biological recording in Ireland.

Read more: Distinguished Recorder Award 2015

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Christmas Nights at Overends Restaurant

Overends Restaurant will be hosting a series of Christmas Nights this festive season.

With a three course festive meal, a glass of mulled wine on arrival and a DJ to play into the early hours it's sure to be a great night!

Read more: Christmas Nights at Overends Restaurant

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Blogging, Friends and the Future of Greenside Up

I began blogging almost six years ago and the experience has brought me on an amazing journey. I've made some special friends, met a tremendous amount of talented people and learnt even more from them all.

Blog Awards

On Thursday I received a message letting me know that the Greenside Up blog had achieved a Bronze Award for Health and Wellbeing at the Blog Awards Ireland, an honour and one I’m thankful for given that there were over 4,000 nominations, 1,800 entries and over 80,000 public votes for all the blogs.

Read more: Blogging, Friends and the Future of Greenside Up

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Geopark shortlisted for National Geographic World Legacy Award

 The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark has been shortlisted in an international awards scheme hosted by The National Geographic.

The Geopark, which was yesterday designated as a UNESCO site following a vote at the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, has been shortlisted in the Destination Leadership category of The National Geographic World Legacy Awards alongside Destination Røros (Norway) and Travel Oregon (United States).

Read more: Geopark shortlisted for National Geographic World Legacy Award

Double Gold for Ireland in the Prestigious European Entente Florale Competition

Trim and Kilrush Win Gold!
The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Mr. Alan Kelly, T.D. congratulated Trim, Co. Meath and Kilrush, Co. Clare who both won Gold Medal Awards at the European Entente Florale Competition.

Read more: Double Gold for Ireland in the Prestigious European Entente Florale Competition

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