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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How to Learn Botanical Latin Plant Names

Over six weeks have passed since I wrote the article about following my curiosity, joined a dozen students in Kildalton Agricultural & Horticulture College and began studying the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture. This third level course is packed with information aimed at increasing our knowledge.

Read more: How to Learn Botanical Latin Plant Names

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Public Consultation on the National Clean Air Strategy

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) is developing a national Clean Air Strategy with the aim of promoting clean air policies to enhance and protect the quality of the air we breathe.

Read more: Public Consultation on the National Clean Air Strategy

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Transitioning to Green in our cities

Over half of the world’s population currently lives in urban areas, which is set to rise to two-thirds by 2050 (UN DESA). Poor air quality and its associated health problems are among some of the negative consequences that have been linked to urban development.

Read more: Transitioning to Green in our cities

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New Application for Tracking Invasive Alien Species with Your Smartphone

The JRC has developed a smartphone app that will help citizens to capture and share information about 37 invasive alien species of Union concern in Europe. The 'Invasive Alien Species Europe' app, which contains detailed information and photos of those plants and animals, makes it possible for citizens to use their phones' GPS system and camera to capture images of them.

Read more: New Application for Tracking Invasive Alien Species with Your Smartphone

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Rathmullan House Gardening Workshops

I'm delighted to highlight the upcoming Green Fingers Sessions with Gareth in the Garden of Rathmullan House. These sessions will be wonderful opportunities to expand your gardening skills and horticulture knowledge, and of course, enjoy the surroundings and relaxation offered by a stay in the award winning Rathmullan House.

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477 Kg of Municipal Waste Generated per Person in the EU

The amount of municipal waste generated per person in the European Union (EU) in 2015 amounted to 477 kg, down by 9% compared with its peak of 527 kg per person in 2002, but slightly up, for the first time since 2007, from the 474 kg recorded in 2014.

Read more: 477 Kg of Municipal Waste Generated per Person in the EU

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Teagasc at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2017

Sensory demonstrations, drones, hand hygiene, colostrum quality and sensors for horticultural production are among the demos that visitors to the Teagasc stand at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition, which takes place at the RDS, Dublin, during January 12-14, 2017. Visit Teagasc at stand W7 in the World of Science and Technology.

Read more: Teagasc at BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2017

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How To Be A Green Foodie

To be a green foodie it is all about enjoying great food while being conscious of your environmental impact. Choosing the right option and influencing your network are the main features of a genuine green foodie:

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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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Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council acquire Fernhill Park and Gardens

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council (DLRCC) has recently acquired Fernhill Park and Gardens and intends to develop the property as a Regional public park. Fernhill is a former substantial family residence with ancillary buildings on 34 hectares of land (gardens, parkland, woodland and agricultural land) just south of the Enniskerry Road at Stepaside, County Dublin.

Read more: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council acquire Fernhill Park and Gardens

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Public Consultation on the draft River Basin Management Plans for Ireland 2018-2021

Mr. Simon Coveney T.D. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government has published the draft River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2018-2021 and invites submissions, observations, and comments on the proposed plans during a six-month public consultation process.

Read more: Public Consultation on the draft River Basin Management Plans for Ireland 2018-2021

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City of Galway to be launched as European Green Leaf 2017

The City of Galway will be officially launched as European Green Leaf 2017, an environmental designation awarded by the European Commission in “recognition of the city’s commitment to the environment”.

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Minister Creed Announces Funding for the 2017 National Reserve

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D., has recently announced the allocation of funding for the 2017 National Reserve. Minister Creed said, “the National Reserve is a vital resource for providing support to young farmers and new entrants to farming in the crucial years following the establishment of the farm holding”.

Read more: Minister Creed Announces Funding for the 2017 National Reserve

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New Improved Town Park in Balla Opened by Taoiseach and Minister of State Doyle

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D., and Andrew Doyle, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with responsibility for forestry, opened the new improved ‘NeighbourWood’ at Balla, Co. Mayo, recently (Monday).

Read more: New Improved Town Park in Balla Opened by Taoiseach and Minister of State Doyle

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Transformed Cork Landfill Site Shortlisted for ‘Best Public Park’ Award

Tramore Valley Park (formerly Kinsale Road Landfill) in Cork has been shortlisted for the Best Public Park Award in the Community & Council Awards 2017. The awards ceremony will be held in Dublin on 4th February.

Read more: Transformed Cork Landfill Site Shortlisted for ‘Best Public Park’ Award

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Euro Success for CAFRE's Golden Gardener

Twenty-year-old landscape gardener Adam Ferguson is bloomin’ marvelous – and that’s official.

The CAFRE horticulture graduate has struck gold in landscaping at the international Euroskills competition in Gothenburg.

Read more: Euro Success for CAFRE's Golden Gardener

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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.’

Read more: The Critical Role of Water in Feeding 10bn

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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

Read more: Sustainable Cities and Communities

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