25April2018

C - Children & School Featured Service

Environment - Featured Event

Planting of Commemorative Woods Begins in Time for Remembrance Day

Work has begun on planting two of the Woodland Trust's four Centenary Woods intended to commemorate the fallen in the First World War. On Saturday 8 November, the first trees were planted at Brackfield Wood in the Faughan valley, Co Londonderry, by Woodland Trust volunteers and staff from Sainsbury's which is supporting the project.

Read more: Planting of Commemorative Woods Begins in Time for Remembrance Day

‘Repair Cafes’ Popping Up in Dublin

Do you have something that needs fixing but lack the skills to fix it yourself? Or maybe you're a qualified electrician, seamstress, carpenter or a general handy person who'd like to volunteer to fix things for others? If so 'Repair Cafes' are for you.

Read more: ‘Repair Cafes’ Popping Up in Dublin

Launch of www.lovearealtree.ie

Following a survey conducted by The Irish Christmas tree Growers in December 2013 a startling statistic emerged. Nearly 60% of people who buy (and have always) a REAL tree think that plastic trees are more environmentally friendly!!! As a result the IRISH CHRISTMAS TREE GROWERS are getting their LOVE A REAL TREE project up and running.

Read more: Launch of www.lovearealtree.ie

Encounters With Biodiversity: A Photo-Story Competition

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is running a photo-story competition 'Encounters with biodiversity' to profile aspects of Ireland's biodiversity and to provide a platform for photographers and naturalists to highlight their special interest. Entrants are invited to submit an original photograph with accompanying text (no more than 250 words) to describe the photograph and/or scene, 

Read more: Encounters With Biodiversity: A Photo-Story Competition

River Basin

River Basin Management Relies on Effective Public Participation

Rivers are home of many thousands of wildlife species, vital arteries for farmland, a source of cooling for industry, flood regulation, navigation channels and source of drinking water, to name just a few important functions. Such multiple demands on water bodies mean that many different groups need to be actively involved in managing a river basin.

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Saving Seeds from Flowers - Irish Seed Savers

Flowers are really important in your vegetable garden to encourage biodiversity and plenty of insects. Now is the time to review your flowers and collect flower seeds ready for the next season. 

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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. 

Read more: 4 Creative Ways to Avoid Lawn Damage on Halloween

‘Tree's Company’ as Coillte & Cavan-Burren Partners win the RDS Community Woodlands Award

Recently Coillte, Cavan County Council, and Killinagh Community Council were joint recipients of the RDS Community Woodlands Award for the Cavan Burren Park. The award was presented by Minister Tom Hayes T.D. at Farmleigh this afternoon.

Read more: ‘Tree's Company’ as Coillte & Cavan-Burren Partners win the RDS Community Woodlands Award

Tastes of the Orchards - Irish Seed Savers

This is the last Talk and Tour of our popular Tastes of the Orchard season and will be specific to the later varieties.

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Distinguished Recorder Award 2014

The National Biodiversity Data Centre is delighted to announce that Dr. Joanne Denyer and Dr. Tom Gittings are jointly to be awarded the Distinguished Recorder Award for 2014 at a special awards ceremony at the Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 at 11:00hrs on Friday, 7th November.

Read more: Distinguished Recorder Award 2014

30 Dublin Bikes To Measure City’s Air Quality As Part of CitySense Project

As part of the CitySense project, 30 courier bikes in Dublin city centre will be fitted with internet of things (IoT) technology to measure the city's air quality, air temperature and pollution. With these bikes traversing the city, Dublin will have access to a wide sensor network that is being called an 'urban nervous system'. Cyclone Couriers is providing 20 bikes as part of the project, while the Dublin Cycling Campaign will be providing an additional 10 for commuters.

Read more: 30 Dublin Bikes To Measure City’s Air Quality As Part of CitySense Project

Gracedieu Tree Planting

Located on the banks of the River Suir our Gracedieu Reserve is a beautiful and relaxing place to spend the day. We have made great progress on this Waterford Reserve with a constant stream of volunteers willing to help and so we would love to see the same enthusiasm for this planting day. Appropriate footwear, clothing and lunch/water are advised. This event is weather dependent.

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‘Big Data’ Takes Root in the World of Plant Research

Botanists at Trinity College Dublin have launched a database with information that documents significant 'life events' for nearly 600 plant species across the globe. They clubbed together with like-minded individuals working across five different continents to compile the huge database of plant life histories, for which data have been gathered over a near 50-year span.

Read more: ‘Big Data’ Takes Root in the World of Plant Research

Bringing Ireland’s Ancient Oak Trees Back to Life

Ireland's oldest oak trees are being revived as part of an international campaign to save the forests and to help propagate the DNA of ancient woodlands. At his home Kilbarry, Co Cork, Ted Cook holds saplings of oak trees containing the DNA of the last remaining aboriginal native sessile and common oaks around Ireland. The trees were grown in the US where they were grafted on to root stalks before being sent to Holland and imported into Ireland. They have 'come home.'

Read more: Bringing Ireland’s Ancient Oak Trees Back to Life

Cliffs and Burren Make 100 Great Geosites List

The Geological Society of London has included The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher among the UK and Ireland's 100 Great Geosites. The announcement was made at the end of a seven month project to highlight the UK and Ireland's unique geological heritage.

Read more: Cliffs and Burren Make 100 Great Geosites List

Botany Goes Wood Carving

Wood Carving Course at Trinity College Botanic Gardens at Dartry, 10th and 11th September 2014. By the second day of the course the gardens were ringing, tap, tap tap of mallet on chisel on wood. However at 11 am the previous morning five strangers stood in the glasshouses, some had no woodcarving experience whilst others had tried some aspects of the craft. 

Read more: Botany Goes Wood Carving

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

Read more: Samhain Family Festival - Irish Seed Savers

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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Burren Cleans Up at Annual Green Awards

The Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and Burren Ecotourism Network are the big winners in this year's Responsible Travel & Tourism Awards, the Irish hospitality sector's only environmental accreditation programme.

Read more: Burren Cleans Up at Annual Green Awards

Potato Volunteers - Irish Seed Savers

We had a great turn out of volunteers to help us dig up the potatoes. Seed Savers provided lunch in return for hard labour and they did a fantastic job. Many hands make light work!

Source: GardenGuide News Room

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