22April2018

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Environment - Featured Event

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.

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Reuse and Upcycling Workshops Roadshow to Travel Ireland this Summer

The Revival Roadshow is an exciting EPA-funded eco-project which aims to bring upcycling and reuse workshops to communities all over Ireland. The workshops will teach and demonstrate fun and useful reuse and up-cycling techniques. And best of all, the workshops are FREE!! to participants, communities and events organisers.

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Irish Forum on Natural Capital

Have you registered as a member of the Irish Forum on Natural Capital? If so, you're invited to book your place at the inaugural launch event at the Trinity Enterprise Centre in Dublin on June 18th.

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ITB and Fingal County Council at Bloom 2015

 

Fingal County Council has worked closely with the Department of Horticulture at ITB for the past 4 years providing a training ground for their students in Beech Park Gardens, Clonsilla, Dublin 15. The students have gained invaluable work experience in garden restoration, plant cultivation and plant identification under the guidance of John Harrington, Chargehand Gardener in Fingal County Council who has worked in the horticultural industry for more than forty years.

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Potential of Cultural Heritage for Regional Development Outlined

The role of cultural heritage in regional and local development was outlined by international expert Professor Claude Dubé at a seminar in Galway City yesterday, 14 May 2015. The seminar also included the Irish launch of an innovative €1.6 million cultural tourism project called Craft Reach funded by the EU Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) programme. 

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Kilmokea Manor House & Gardens Competition

Win an overnight stay at Kilmokea Country Manor House & Gardens in a Superior Room with Garden View Plus Enjoy a Private Tour of the Gardens for Two.

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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.

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National Biodiversity Week

Date: 22nd May-1st June
Location: Nationwide

National Biodiversity Week is all about connecting people with nature. It’s about communicating the importance of biodiversity and motivating people to play their part in protecting it. It’s also about entertaining them; showing the fun and wonder that can be found in nature; and inspiring people to learn more, see more, do more.

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Soil Matter Conference July 6th to Celebrate International Year of the Soil

2015 is the International Year of Soils and Klaus Laitenberger organic gardener and author is organising a conference to highlight the importance of our soil. The conference is being faciliated by NOTS.

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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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Major Biodiversity Project Restores Rare Wetland Habitat

Minister Tom Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has formally launched a major nature conservation project which is restoring rare raised bogs across the country at an event on Scohaboy Bog, Co. Tipperary. This site is one of a number of sites in the project which is managed by Coillte, in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Raised bogs are extremely rare in global terms and are sites of European and international importance.

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New 'Seed Stand and Seed Orchard Scheme' Announced by Hayes

Tom Hayes TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with responsibility for forestry, today announced the launch of a new Seed Stand and Seed Orchard Scheme. The Minister of State made the announcement during his keynote address to the National Conference on ‘What shall we do with our hardwoods’, organised by the Wood Marketing Federation and the Society of Irish Foresters, in Johnstown Castle Hotel, Enfield, Co. Meath.

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Our Origin is Green’ Garden Awarded Top Prize at Bloom 2015

 
Jane McCorkell, Kilsallaghan, Co.Meath received the highest accolade, overall large garden winner, at Bloom today for her 'Our Origin is Green' garden. The gold medal garden, which represents a trip through Irish mythology, showcases Celtic design through the use of modern Irish material. The design is inspired by a Celtic knot of two dogs found in the Book of Durrow. Later this morning, Bord Bia's Bloom 2015 festival will be officially opened by the President of Ireland Michael D Higgins.

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TidyTowns Special New Diversity Award

This new award will recognise the way that you include all of your community, on an inter-generational and inter-cultural basis, in your TidyTowns committee and in the work you do.

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Coalition of Environmental Groups Has Written A Paper

Land Matters Task Force (LMTF) last week launched ‘Towards a Land Strategy for Northern Ireland'. The paper has been prepared by a coalition of sectoral organisations including the Landscape Institute Northern Ireland, RSPB, The National Trust NI, Ulster Farmers Union, Quarry Products Association and Ulster Wildlife.

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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.

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Fund4Trees Founder Cycles To Four Capital Cities

Founder of charity Fund4Trees Russell Ball has begun a cycling trip that will take him to four capital cities within the United Kingdom and Ireland, planting trees in schools along the way. 

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Abbeyleix Bog Project

The Abbeyleix Bog Project (ABP) conserves and protects the bog which was once threatened with harvesting for peat moss. Our local community will manage our Bog for a period of at least 50 years. The Abbeyleix Bog Project is an open access amenity developed by volunteers to benefit all.

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New Trail Showcases Natural Heritage Treasures Of Lough Derg

A new trail showcasing the rich natural heritage of Lough Derg has been developed in time for the 2015 summer season. Lough Derg (on the Shannon) Nature Trail is produced by the County Councils in Clare, Galway and Tipperary, and co-funded by The Heritage Council and Lakelands & Inland Waterways.

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