26April2018

Schools are Full of Good Ideas!

50 Schools from all over Ireland have been shortlisted to put their campaigns into action as part of the One Good Idea project. The One Good Idea competition aims to inspire people to make small lifestyle changes to use energy more efficiently and help tackle climate change.

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SEAI Launch Bigger and Better One Good Idea Project

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) marked the launch of the One Good Idea Project for 2014/15 by announcing an exciting new partnership with AIB, which will help the scheme reach more students and expand the programme to primary schools for the first time. The aim of the project is to increase students' understanding of energy efficiency and climate change by encouraging them to take individual and collective responsibility for tackling these important issues.

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Pumpkin Art – Time For Something Different? - Dee Sewell

It never occurred to me to decorate a pumpkin at Halloween any other way than carving it, but Melissa from the Empress of Dirt blog recently published a post calling for entries to a pumpkin decorating competition where pumpkins are embellished rather than sculptured and it seems such a great idea.

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Samhain Family Festival - Irish Seed Savers

This Halloween Irish Seed Savers are hosting a family focused festival with lots of fun and games to suit everyone.
Saturday, November 1st from 12-4pm

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5 Plants Safe for the Most Rambunctious of Kids

Having an excitable group of kids in the house can be nerve-wracking when it comes to house plants. Make sure that plants are not a child hazard by keeping the garden and the house green with kid friendly nature. These plants make your house look beautiful without resulting in any issues that could be caused by a little roughhousing or curiosity. Also, if pets are a worry, remember, what is safe for kids will also be safe for pets.

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Irish Wildlife Trust Launches National “Citizen Scientist” Ladybird Survey

Ladybirds are often considered to be colourful, charismatic insects that assist in managing our gardens by controlling the numbers of plant pests such as aphids. Eighteen species of ladybird have been recorded in Ireland, but there is still a huge gap in our knowledge of what exactly is out there and where these species are distributed.

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Bloom 2014 Launched. Bloom 2014 Show Gardens

Bord Bia has launched its eagerly anticipated gardening, food and family festival, Bloom. A highlight in the social calendar for green fingered enthusiasts, foodies and those who enjoy a great family day out, Ireland's largest garden and food festival will run for five days over the June bank holiday weekend in Dublin's Phoenix Park, from Thursday, 29th May until Monday, 2nd June 2014.

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‘Project Green Classroom’

Competitive energy provider Energia and Irish lighting firm eLight are aiming to halve the lighting bill of 1,000 schools across Ireland and reduce their carbon footprint through the replacement of their current lighting with energy efficient LED lighting.

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EPA Launches New Schools' Resources.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new teaching resource to support Post Primary Schools in exploring wetland habitats such as rivers and lakes, turloughs, bogs and fens.

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Exploring Irish Wetland Habitats: EPA Launches New Schools' Resources

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new teaching resource to support Post Primary Schools in exploring wetland habitats such as rivers and lakes, turloughs, bogs and fens. Speaking at the launch, Tadhg O'Mahony, Senior Scientific Officer, EPA said, "Rich in biodiversity, wetland habitats provide a wide range of benefits and services. Wetlands have an important role to play in flood relief, landscape, regulation of the water cycle and the provision of water for drinking supplies, agriculture, industry, recreation, transport and fishing.

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Get Your Walking Boots On and Take to the Great Outdoors This Christmas

Coillte Ireland's national forestry company, is encouraging people to take to the great outdoors during the holiday season and make use of the extensive Coillte forest parks and trail networks across the countryside. With over 2,000kms of walking trails, 150 recreation sites, 12 forest parks and five Coillte mountain bike trails, there is something for everyone to enjoy and stay active.

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Champion Christmas Tree Grower Urges People to ‘Love a Real Tree’ this Christmas

Wicklow grower, Christy Kavanagh, has been crowned the Christmas Tree Grower Supreme Champion 2014 in the national Christmas tree growing competition. This is the fifth time that Christy has received the accolade for his Nordmann Fir range in the annual competition organized by the Christmas Tree Growers Association. As an experienced and avid grower, he is enthusiastic about the benefits real Christmas Trees bring to the celebrations, noting that the Nordmann Fir is the most popular type of tree, accounting for 75% of trees sold in Ireland.

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4 Creative Ways to Avoid Lawn Damage on Halloween

Halloween requires preparations before the little vampires and ghosts show up looking for candy. And while you have concerns about safety and keeping your lawn from being damaged, they are going to have an entirely different set of their own concerns. 

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Spooky Halloween Woodland Walk

For this fun event we will be taking a night time Halloween walk through our spooky Blessington Reserve. See how many pumpkins and cobwebs you can spot as we pass through the trees. 

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Green Team 2 Make Energy Efficiency Child’s Play

Students from St. Michael's Community College, Kilmihil, Co. Clare were the overall winners of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's (SEAI) search for One Good Idea with their project Green Team 2.

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Garden Show Ireland Starts Tomorrow for 3 days

 
Your guide to what's on where ...

Garden Show Ireland has loads of activities going on throughout the weekend with free seminars, demonstrations, Q&A, design consultations, activities for young people, and loads for every generation to enjoy!

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Teagasc Supporting Smart Futures and SciFest

Teagasc is partnering with Smart Futures and SciFest to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Smart Futures (www.SmartFutures.ie) is a collaborative programme between government and industry that promotes careers in STEM to post-primary students, parents and guidance counsellors. 

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Win An Exclusive Two-Day Break to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Enter the M&G competition to win a two-day break, including exclusive access to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. WIN a two-day break, including exclusive access to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

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RHS Photographer and Young Photographer of the Year Announced

Thousands of photographs submitted from more than 40 countries made this year's RHS Photographic Competition the best yet. Brighton-based photographer Heather Buckley's striking image of foxgloves in the gardens at Great Dixter House, East Sussex won her the title of RHS Photographer of the Year and a £1,000 prize. Seventeen-year-old Mateusz Piesiak from Poland was named RHS Young Photographer of the Year for his stunning image of a starling and receives £250 in vouchers to spend on the Wex Photographic website.

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RSPB

School Bell Rings to Mark the Start of World's Biggest School Wildlife Survey

Started last 20 January, children across the UK will be taking part in the world's biggest school wildlife survey. Around 75,000 students and teachers from 2,000 schools will be counting the birds that visit their grounds as part of the RSPB's Big Schools' Birdwatch. The survey, which has been running for more than a decade, helps to track bird numbers in schools, giving the charity's experts an insight into populations and providing the children taking part with a great learning experience.

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