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Garden Show Ireland Announces 2015 Dates

Garden Show Ireland Announces 2015 Dates

Garden Show Ireland has announced another year at it's magnificent setting, Antrim Castle Gardens. T...


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President Higgins Plants Tree To Mark Tree Week

As part of ESB Tree Week, the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins continued the tradition by planting a blue cedar tree at Áras an Uachtaráin. Watched on by the children from the junior infants class at St Peter's National School, Phibsboro. The tree was planted on the main avenue at his official residence. ESB Tree Week is supported by the Tree Council and Coillte.

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    Extending Product Life Can Cut Food Waste and Save Millions

    WRAP estimates that an increase of just one day on product life* across a range of foods could prevent around 250,000 tonnes of food waste each year, in households and in the supply chain, by giving consumers longer to eat the food they buy.

    Read more: Extending Product Life Can Cut Food Waste and Save Millions

      Tackling Harmful Algal Blooms

      In August 2014, an incident in Lake Erie, Ohio left almost half a million people without drinking water when the Mayor of Toledo was forced to ban city drinking water due to above-average levels of toxins found in the water supply.

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        Forestry Has Stacks of Ambition

        Abarometer of landowner interest in forestry was the recent turnout of 1,300 people at nationwide information meetings organised by Teagasc in association with the Forest Service. Ireland's new, six-year Forestry Programme, approved by the Government last December, consists of 11 separate measures and spending of €262m — with a further €220m in future commitments, from 2020, mostly in relation to premium payments.

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          Plastic-Bottle Greenhouse by Dublin Children

          A greenhouse assembled using 1,000 plastic bottles recycled by Panda customers and built by children from the South West Inner City Network (SWICN) is being entered into Eco-Unesco's Young Environmentalist Award.

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            GIY Market Still Holding Its Own

            Market research carried out by Ipsos MRBI on behalf of Bord Bia on the size of the gardening market in Ireland in 2014 has shown that the value of plants purchased for the GIY (Grow it Yourself) market was €14million. This includes herbs, fruit and vegetable plants, trees and seeds for planting. 

            Read more: GIY Market Still Holding Its Own

              New John Deere Lawn Tractors for 2015

              John Deere is adding three new models to its extensive range of lawn tractors and walk-behind lawnmowers for 2015. These include an industry leading innovation at the top of the range, for faster and more economical mowing.

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                Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme – GLAS

                GLAS is the new agri-environment scheme, part of the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. GLAS achieves the objectives of Articles 28 and 30 of the Rural Development Regulation and ties in with the green vision for Irish agriculture as contained in Food Harvest 2020 and as promoted by Bord Bia in the Origin Green campaign.

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                  Community Gardens Connecting in Galway - Greenside Up

                  When people connect great things can happen and community gardens are no exception. On the 8th March community gardeners from Ireland and Northern Ireland will be meeting in County Galway to help and support one another to gain more from this form of group gardening. The following gives an insight into the network as well as Doorus Community Orchard, the location of our March networking event.

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                    Hayes Secures EU Approval for Forestry Programme

                    Highlights

                    • €482M OF NEW INVESTMENT IN FORESTRY
                    • 44,000HA OF NEW FORESTS, 700KM OF NEW FOREST ROADS

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                      OGI Announces Opening of Organic Farming Internship in Horticulture

                      The Organic Growers of Ireland (OGI) have announced the opening of their annual work experience offering in organic horticulture on various organic farms around the country.

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                        O'Neill Disappointed by BBC Plans to Stop Farmgate

                        Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill recently voiced her disappointment at plans under consideration by BBC NI to discontinue Farmgate. The Minister said she has written to the corporation outlining her view that Farmgate provides an essential service to the north's large agriculture and rural community.

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                          Wirtz International - Joint ILI & AAI lecture

                          March 3rd at 19:15pm, Davis Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin
                          This lecture is run jointly with the AAI. RSVP : ili@irishlandscapeinstitute.com

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                            Eco Eye at Organic College

                            We would like to thank Duncan Stuart and his team on Eco Eye for the coverage they gave our College last week on RTE. As Duncan says "Rural Ireland has always had its economic struggles and since the recession, they have become more pronounced. Emigration and the flight to the cities has left many communities fighting for their survival."

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                              New Board for Leave No Trace Ireland

                              Leave No Trace Ireland inspires responsible use of the outdoors through partnerships, research and education. Dr. Richard Thorn, Chairperson, of Leave No Trace Ireland, recently, (19th February, 2015), announced the establishment of a new Board at Leave No Trace Ireland. 

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                                HortiTrends Weekly News -Trolley Fairs - Subscribe or Advertise in Spring Edition of Horticulture Connected- February 27th

                                Rentes Plant Fair was a great success for the company once again. Increased turnout of retail plant buyers along with a definite increase in the size of orders was evident over the two days. The Rentes family and team were out in force assisting buyers as usual. While a major sales event for the company, it is also a big social and networking opportunity for plant buyers, the Rentes family and staff.

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                                  Featured Event

                                  08
                                  May
                                  2015

                                  08 May 2015 - 10 May 2015

                                  Antrim Castle Gardens @ Randalstown Road, Antrim, Antrim BT41, UK

                                  Garden Show Ireland

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                                  Garden Show Ireland has announced another year at it's magnificent setting, Antrim Castle Gardens. This year's show will take place 8 – 10 May 2015.

                                  Antrim Castle Gardens is one of the most unique and historically intact gardens under public ownership in Ireland containing over four centuries of garden heritage. It has been beautifully restored by Antrim Borough Council incorporating newly revived garden features with fully accessible pathways and tracks. The gardens and surrounding parkland cover an area of over 60 acres.

                                  Garden Show Ireland is proud that after the success of the 2014 Show, Antrim Borough Council has invited Northern Ireland's premier gardening event back to this magnificent venue for a second year, on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 2015.

                                  We are very excited about the 2015 event and we look forward to you joining us!

                                  Applications for exhibitors to participate are invited now! To apply for space: Click here!