11December2017

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Inspiring Children to Help Save the Bees! Junior Pollinator Plan Launched.

In 2015 the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 [pdf 11.5MB] was launched, aimed at helping adults understand the importance of pollinators, the dangers facing them and things they could do to help. 

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Hedgehog Decline - Durkan Backs NI Schools Hedgehog Campaign

In the 1950's it was estimated there were 36.5million hedgehogs in Britain. It seems likely that there are now fewer than a million hedgehogs left. Hedgehogs play a positive role in our gardens by feeding on slugs and snails and are one of our priority species.

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Taste Buds Tickled to Help Whet Appetites for Career in NI Food Industry

Testing will take on a new meaning for some 900 pupils this week when it’s their taste buds being put to the test as they take part in a “Feed Your Mind” event to promote careers in the food and drink industry.

Read more: Taste Buds Tickled to Help Whet Appetites for Career in NI Food Industry

Bloom 2015 Review - Clara Doran Aged 16

Getting each and every family member to agree on an outing is normally challenging. However having followed Super Garden on RTÉ, an opportunity to visit Bloom thanks to Horticulture Connected and Garden Guide, we agreed was a fantastic opportunity. Consisting of a family of five, including two teenagers and a six year old, we travelled to Bloom with no preconceived ideas.

Read more: Bloom 2015 Review - Clara Doran Aged 16

Bloom In Transition - Bloom 2015

Bloom regular Fiann Ó Nualláin is back again this year with not only a show garden but he will also be launching a pilot project in association with Bloom and Bord Bia entitled ‘Bloom in Transition’.

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8 Things to Do at Garden Show Ireland Even if it Rains

 

  • 'Make your own Garden Show buttonhole' with Richard Haslam in Flower arranging Pavilion
  • Listen in to Chef, Paula McIntyre 'Cooking with weeds!' – using seaweeds, dandelion, gorse incorporating McKeever's cider and Broighter gold oil in fish dish with seaweed, dandelion sherry and rabbit confit with gorse flat breads.

    Read more: 8 Things to Do at Garden Show Ireland Even if it Rains

Historic Antrim Castle Gardens the Venue for Allianz Garden Show Ireland 2015

Antrim Castle Gardens is an historical gem. The 400 year old gardens are unique in Northern Ireland. A recent £6m restoration project supported by Heritage Lottery Fund has now preserved this historic site for generations to come.

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BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time Visits Garden Show!

On Friday 8th May, BBC Radio 4's Gardeners' Question Time will be recording from Allianz Garden Show Ireland at Antrim Castle Gardens! So bring along your questions and put them to the celebrated panel of gardening experts. The team is made up of organic gardening guru Bob Flowerdew, plantsman and horticulturalist Matthew Biggs, and botanist James Wong with Eric Robson in the chair.

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The Rare and Special Plant Fair

The Rare and Special Plant Fair was established in 2001 with the assistance of BordBia, to ensure that the gardening public has an opportunity to purchase rare and difficult to source plants, while at the same time visit a garden of note that they may not otherwise visit.

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Plastic-Bottle Greenhouse by Dublin Children

A greenhouse assembled using 1,000 plastic bottles recycled by Panda customers and built by children from the South West Inner City Network (SWICN) is being entered into Eco-Unesco's Young Environmentalist Award.

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Old Shoes Find New Life in Children's Playgrounds

An estimated 2.6 million new shoes are sold in Europe annually and, each year, 1.5 million tons of old shoes plus 90 000 tons of by-products from shoe manufacturers end up being deposited in landfill sites or incineration, both of which are potentially harmful to the environment. This innovative project used a special shoe grinding process to recycle old shoes, incorporating them into a wide variety of new products.

Read more: Old Shoes Find New Life in Children's Playgrounds

Durkan Pays Tribute to Armagh School's Eco Warriors

Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, recently paid tribute to the sterling environmental work being done by pupils from St. Patrick's Primary School, Armagh. The Minister met with the pupils' Eco-Committee who lead the school and the wider community on changing attitudes and behaviours towards the environment through their Eco-Schools Programme.

Read more: Durkan Pays Tribute to Armagh School's Eco Warriors

Summer Camps at Airfield

Airfield’s Summer Camps are back and packed to the brim with exciting adventures! Each camp will be hands-on with the campers growing, cooking, eating, exploring, and investigating Airfield’s fields, farm and gardens.

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We’re Back in Bloom!

Wednesday, 6th May 2015: Bord Bia today launched its plans for Bloom 2015; a five day annual event packed full of gardening inspiration, gastronomic delights and good old fashioned family fun! Now in its 9th year, the Bord Bia festival has firmly established itself as one of the most anticipated social events of the year, not just for those with green fingers, but for all who enjoy a fantastic day out in the beautiful surroundings of the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Attracting a nationwide audience – with over 106,000 people attending last year – this year Ireland's largest garden, food and family festival will run from Thursday, 28th May until Monday, 1st June 2015.

Read more: We’re Back in Bloom!

Visit a Park in Dublin City

South Central Area:

  • Eamonn Ceannt Park, Sundrive Road, D. 12.
  • Kylemore Park, Ballyfermot, D.10.
  • Liffey Valley Park, Chapelizod / Islandbridge, D.8/10.
  • Markievicz Park, Ballyfermot, D.10.
  • Oisin Kelly Park, Basin Street, Off James’ Street, D.8.
  • St Audeons Park, High Street / Cook Street, D.8.
  • St Catherines Park, Thomas Street, D.8.

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The Rare & Special Plant Fair 2015 In Association With Bord Bia

Spring has sprung and summer is on the way. Green fingered gardeners of all ages are encouraged to visit Airfield Dundrum on Sunday May 10th from 10am to 5pm, when it will play host to The Rare & Special Plant Fair 2015. 

Read more: The Rare & Special Plant Fair 2015 In Association With Bord Bia

A Game Menu For Garden Show

For over a decade, Northern Ireland's premiere gardening event, Allianz Garden Show Ireland has been championing local food producers from all over the country. Recently, organisers revealed a game menu featuring lobster burgers and wild game as the Show teams up with Food NI for this year's event, which runs 8-10 May in Antrim Castle Gardens. 

Read more: A Game Menu For Garden Show

Top Marks - 100% Record As Every School An Eco-School-Durkan

The 20th Anniversary of Eco-Schools in Northern Ireland was marked at a special celebration. Speaking at the event at Meadowbank Arena, Magherafelt, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan praised the young people and their teachers for driving forward great work for the Environment.

Read more: Top Marks - 100% Record As Every School An Eco-School-Durkan

Minister Encourages Young People to Become More Environmentally Aware on World Wetlands Day

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, is encouraging young people to become more environmentally aware on World Wetlands Day, a global initiative aimed at raising awareness about the importance of protecting our wetlands. A month-long Global Photo Contest open to 15-24 year olds starts today [2/2/15] aimed at encouraging young people to visit their local wetland.

Read more: Minister Encourages Young People to Become More Environmentally Aware on World Wetlands Day

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