23January2018

New! Eat Your Vacation Home!

No plans for the holidays? Then spend the night in the Vegetable House at camping Geversduin Castricum, The Netherlands. This accommodation offers a new way of gardening. Not just the floor, but also the walls of the house are used for growing fruit, vegetables and flowers. Almost every square meter is utilized. The house is tastefully decorated inside and invites people to get started themselves.

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O'Neill Praises Pupils on Biodiversity Project

The Minister learnt more about the biodiversity project during a visit to St Pius X College where she met pupils from the College and Rainey Endowed School in Magherafelt who have completed the project. Ciaran Burns from St. Pius X College and Daniel Rainey and Stuart Thomson of the Rainey Endowed School, completed this project outside of the school curriculum.

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Thanks to Dale Treadwell for National Tree Week Event at Sonairte - Trevor Sargent

National Tree Week is big news for an Eco-Visitor Centre like Sonairte. Any campaign which encourages tree planting and awareness of biodiversity which depends on woodland is worth supporting. Some trees and shrubs are now beginning to show their young leaves like elder and raspberry canes. This couple of weeks is last chance saloon for planting bare rooted trees and shrubs.

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Potato Celebration Day at Organic College

This event will celebrate the love affair that Irish people have with the potato. The best varieties, growing techniques and taste will be explored. Health & nutrition information as well as recipes will be provided. Tours, tasting of varieties and practical demonstrations of growing at garden and field scale will also feature. This will all take place on Saturday March 23rd from 11.00am to 1.30pm.

Source: The Organic College - Potato Celebration Day

Visit to Colaiste Dulaigh, Kilbarrack, Dublin, Gives Hope for the Future - Trevor Sargent

Took a train to Howth Junction the other day at the invitation of theTook a train to Howth Junction the other day at the invitation of the Fetac 4 and Fetac 5 horticultural students in Coláiste Dúlaigh in nearby Kilbarrack. Was shown around the growing areas outside and inside. A recycled polytunnel has the plastic buried in the soil at each side.

Read more: Visit to Colaiste Dulaigh, Kilbarrack, Dublin, Gives Hope for the Future - Trevor Sargent

Ireland's Bioblitz 2013

The National Biodiversity Data Centre, in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Coillte and the Centre for Environmental Data and Recording is organising Ireland's BioBlitz event on 24 & 25 May 2013.

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Hug a Tree for National Tree Week: 3rd-10th March!

National Tree Week is an annual, week-long festival celebrating all positive aspects of trees in our lives and environment. The week is organised by the Tree Council of Ireland with the support of Coillte. National Tree Week takes place from 3-10 March 2013.

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Rediscovery Centre - Education & Research

The Rediscovery Centre education programmes have been developed to promote waste prevention, minimisation and reuse and to complement our current Rediscovery Centre projects.

Primary Level Education Programme

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Clare to Celebrate ‘A Feast of Trees’ During National Tree Week

The week-long festival, which is being co-ordinated nationally by the Tree Council of Ireland, is aimed at encouraging members of the public to plant more trees. This year's theme is "A Feast of Trees" with a particular emphasis on planting trees that provide a food source for humans, birds, bees and other wildlife.

Read more: Clare to Celebrate ‘A Feast of Trees’ During National Tree Week

900 Schools Go Green

Eco-Schools has celebrated the registration of its 900th school in Northern Ireland. The programme, which is run by Tidy NI and sponsored by Airtricity, reached the milestone when the Queen Elizabeth II Primary School in Omagh registered earlier this month. The sustainable schools programme encourages pupils and teachers to address a variety of environmental topics, ranging from energy to bio-diversity, with schools being awarded the prestigious 'Green Flag' for excellence in achieving their environmental goals.

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Identify Garden Birds by the Songs they Sing - Phillip Voice

Have you ever been working away in a garden, digging over the borders, and heard a bird singing away that is unfamiliar to you and you wanted to identify what bird it was? Of course, if you get a visual on the bird it's relatively easy to pick up a pocket book on garden birds and flick through the pages until you find something which resembles what you've seen.

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Students Turn Trash to Cash

The Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., announced the winners of the rx3 "Trash to Cash" competition. The competition called for third level students to turn recyclable waste into new products under the theme of 'recreate' or 'play'. Carlow Institute of Technology came out on top at this year's awards, with four of its students winning the top three prizes.

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Nature’s Way: An Taisce Launches New Illustrated Booklet on Invasive Species in Ireland

An Taisce The National Trust for Ireland is delighted to announce the publication of the latest educational booklet in their highly successful Nature's Way series, entitled "Nature's Way - Invasive Species". This fun and informative 16 page booklet deals with the threat of invasive species and addresses some of the challenges associated with them. The booklet is charming and accessible, with vibrant illustrations featuring many of Ireland's invasive species, as well as clear and engaging text explaining the issues.

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Meet the Phoenix Park Gardeners Saturday - April 13th

Come and discover the beautiful restored Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden. Learn about growing your own fruit and vegetables, herbs and lots more. Meet OPW professional gardeners Brian and Meeda at the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden on Saturday, April 13th between 10.30am and 12noon with lots of advice to plan your perfect garden for the bright Spring and Summer months ahead. Please bring suitable footwear.

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Plants Day

Fascination of Plants Day

The second international "Fascination of Plants Day" will be launched under the umbrella of the European Plant Science Organisation (EPSO). The goal of this activity is to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and all of the non-food products such as paper, timber, chemicals, energy, and pharmaceuticals. The role of plants in environmental conservation will also be a key message.

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Community Orchard to Blossom at Lees Road

A community orchard is being developed at Lees Road Sports & Amenity Park in Ennis. 14 apple, plum and pear trees will be planted in a green area adjacent to the facility's public Carpark as part of National Tree Week 2013 . The project is being hosted by Active Ennis Sports and Leisure Facilities, and supported by Wetlands Systems Ltd. and the Irish Seed Savers Association under the Garden of Eden Project.

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CRE

Poster Competition for International Compost Awareness Week

ICAW is being organised by Cré and is supported by WRAP Northern Ireland and www.stopfoodwaste.ie .As part of International Compost Awareness Week there is a poster competition to design the National ICAW poster for Ireland !

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Meet the Phoenix Park Gardeners

Come and discover the beautiful restored Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden. Learn about growing your own fruit and vegetables, herbs and lots more. Meet OPW professional gardeners Brian and Meeda at the Victorian Walled Kitchen Garden on Saturday, March 9th between 10.30am and 12noon with lots of advice to plan your perfect garden for the Spring months ahead. Please bring suitable footwear.

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Clare Communities Urged to Show Pride of Place

Proposals are currently being invited from groups who wish to seek nomination to the annual all-island competition, which is run by Co-operation Ireland in conjunction with local authorities north and south of the border. Clare was represented in last year's Pride of Place by the Clare Sports Partnership and Cuimhneamh and Chláir. The County's last success in the competition came in 2011 when the Clare Crusaders Children's Clinic received an award under the Community Health Initiative category.

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RHS

RHS Launches Search for Young School Gardener 2013

The RHS is beginning its search for its 2013 Young School Gardener of the Year 2013. Last year, 11-year-old Lucas Hatch from Suffolk won the title by impressing judges with his flair, enthusiasm and knowledge of gardening. As part of his prize, Lucas spent the day with RHS Wisley Curator, Colin Crosbie and was presented with a certificate and personalised trowel bearing his name.

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