30July2014

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Chartered Horticlturist: What’s that?

Chartered Horticlturist: What’s that?

We have all heard of a Chartered Accountant or a Chartered Surveyor and we know how professional the...


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The Irish Alphabet in Botanical Art...Coming to Derry! - Gareth Austin

I'm delighted that this fabulous exhibition is coming to The PlayHouse in Derry. I had the chance to see this when it was on display in the Botanical Gardens in Dublin...these paintings are just so incredibly beautiful...and of course are of subject matter close to my heart.

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Organic Food Sales are Increasing Which Is Good News for the Sector

Organic food sales are increasing which is good news for the sector. Read more detail in IOFGA's article in the Farming Independent click here.

Source: IOFGA - Organic Food Sales are Increasing Which Is Good News for the Sector

Retail Industry Continues To Recover in Q2

Many segments of the retail industry – ladies fashion, footwear and garden centres – bounced back strongly in the second quarter of the year when compared to 2013 as shoppers were buoyed by good weather in April.

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Sports Minister Praises Golfer Rory

Sports Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has congratulated Holywood golfer Rory McIlroy on his success at the Open Championship. At Hoylake, Rory secured the top spot by holding off the challenge of Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler, having led the tournament from start to finish.

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No One Sits Here Anymore: How Spikes and Fences Erase Communal Life

Since the day it first opened, the windows of my neighborhood gym have been a gathering point for neighbors. They're right at street level, and they're big. Lots of us had sat on their deep windowsills for many years, most of all the Pakistanis who live in the surrounding area. Note that I wrote, "had sat," because ever since Barcelona's City Hall installed some giant metal plates, no one sits there anymore. The gatherings and chitchats are over. "Keep it moving!"

Read more: No One Sits Here Anymore: How Spikes and Fences Erase Communal Life

AIPH Chairs Debate To Improve Link Between Horticulture & Science

Tim Briercliffe, AIPH, Secretary General, will be chairing a workshop that will debate how to improve the relationship between the horticultural industry and science & research.

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Organic College

Distance Learning Enrolment is Open for 2014-15 at Organic College

Enrolment is now open for Distance Learning Courses starting in October 2014. Please see the Distance Learning pages for full information.

Source: Organic College - Distance Learning Enrolment is Open for 2014-15 at Organic College

Social Farming Making An Impact All Across Ireland O'Neill

Social Farming utilises farming and agriculture as a therapeutic tool to provide health, social or educational care services. Clients of services span a range of vulnerable groups including people suffering with mental health problems, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and drug/alcohol addiction as well as adults and young people on probation.

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Statement to Members Regarding the Institute of Horticulture Becoming the Chartered Institute of Horticulture

The Institute of Horticulture has now become Chartered and is now the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, CIH, with a new logo, see top of page, as well as many new plans and initiatives to enhance its standing and that of its members.

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Advanced Laser Systems Reveal Hidden Carbon in Ireland's Hedgerows and Woods

EPA funded research has found that hedgerow and woodlands in Ireland could make a significant contribution to reducing the amount of carbon in the atmosphere. Using Laser Radar, known as LiDAR, the project has provided amazing detail about the amount of carbon stored in Ireland's hedgerows.

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O'Neill Provides Update on Ash Dieback Tree Disease

Following a successful all-Island joint conference on Chalara Ash Dieback in Dundalk in May 2014 Minister O'Neill has provided an update on the current situation in the north of Ireland following the first confirmed outbreak in November 2012.

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BordBia

Is It Time To Put Down the Mobile Phone?

In a previous Food Alert article, I referenced the fact that the out-of-home market was embracing mobile technology, reflecting a change in consumer behaviour. This doesn't seem to be the case for all...

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The Sodshow Meets James Byrne of Countrylife [Glanbia] Garden Centres

The SodShow, Ireland's Best Podcast 2013 and only garden radio show. Live every Friday @ 3pm – or alligator in podcast.

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ISNA

ISNA Plant Fair this Sunday at Wells House & Gardens, Co Wexford

In conjucntion with Wells House & Gardens this Sunday Wells House & Gardens Isna will host a plant fair in the beautiful surroundings of this Ballyedmond venue. The plant fair will take place next Sunday 27th July 2014 from 10:30am to 4:00pm. The members participating at this event will be Rare Plants Ireland, Camolin Potting Shed, Harrington Exotics, Caherhurley Nursery, Rare Bits, Sarah Largue, Kilmurry Nursery, Mulhall Obelisks and Leamore Nursery.

Source: ISNA - Plant Fair this Sunday at Wells House & Gardens, Co Wexford

World Famous Rocks Stolen from Portrush National Nature Reserve

It is thought that these will have contained examples of the ammonite fossils for which the Reserve is world famous. Commenting on the damage, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: " I am extremely annoyed at the thoughtlessness of the person or people who have damaged the Nature Reserve at Portrush.

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New from John Deere at SALTEX 2014

John Deere will be unveiling its new 1500 Series TerrainCut commercial front mower range for the first time in the UK at IOG SALTEX in September, on the Farol dealership stand (F35). Equipped with powerful, high-torque, three-cylinder diesel engines, four-wheel drive, high-capacity rotary mower decks and a new optional grass and leaf collection system, the 1500 Series can mow and collect thick grass at high speeds and still produce a quality cut.

Read more: New from John Deere at SALTEX 2014