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News Up-Date For Participants at Allianz Garden Show Ireland

News Up-Date For Participants at Allianz Garden Show Ireland

Quick news up-date:

  • A Festival of Flowers, Food & Fun! is the 2015 theme for Allianz Garden Show ...

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Abraham Tree Maintenance - Business Profile - Now Hiring

Established in Craigavon for over 25 years, our reputation as one of the area's leading tree surgery teams has gone from strength to strength. Specialising in every tree service available, we pride ourselves on safety, reliability and providing each customer with the perfect result.

Read more: Abraham Tree Maintenance - Business Profile - Now Hiring

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.

Read more: National Biodiversity Week

New Sensory Food Network Launched to Support Irish Food Companies

Sensory food science is the study of how we as consumers perceive foods with each of our senses. The importance of a scientifically sound approach to the sensory evaluation of food has received increasing recognition by the food industry in Ireland.

Read more: New Sensory Food Network Launched to Support Irish Food Companies

The Future of Bicycles in Cities

As cycling becomes more of a feature in our day-to-day lives, we take a look at ideas from the World Bike Forum that look set to shape the future of cycling. The forum look at bicycles as a an agent for social change and how the ‘bicycle university’ is emerging.

Read more: The Future of Bicycles in Cities

British-Irish Potato Promotion Drive Gains EU Backing

The EU has announced it will co-fund a £3.6m joint information and promotion campaign to support British and Irish potatoes. The three-year Potato Potential programme will inform and educate consumers through the media, MPs and bloggers.

Read more: British-Irish Potato Promotion Drive Gains EU Backing

2015 Guide to Composting and Anaerobic Digestion

The 2015 Guide to Composting and Anaerobic Digestion is produced and edited by the Cré – Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland. The Guide lists information and contact details of organisations from the Ireland and Northern Ireland supplying services, goods and members of Cré.

Read more: 2015 Guide to Composting and Anaerobic Digestion

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.

Read more: Fund4Trees Founder Cycles To Four Capital Cities

Information on Teagasc Student Maintenance Grant Scheme – Level 6 Students

Means testing of Maintenance Grant will apply to both Level 5 and Level 6 students for the academic year 2015/2016 and subsequent years.
Teagasc students, who were awarded a Teagasc Student Maintenance Grant at Level 5 in the 2014/2015 college year, will be requested to complete the Teagasc Student Grant Renewal Form 2015/2016.

Read more: Information on Teagasc Student Maintenance Grant Scheme – Level 6 Students

Minister Coveney Announces the Opening of the Online Application System for the Scottish Derogation and the Fruit & Vegetable Provision

The Direct Payment Regulation includes the option for Member States to allocate payment entitlements to persons who never held entitlements under the Single Payment Scheme but who actively farmed in 2013, the so-called Scottish Derogation. In line with the support granted under all previous Pillar I schemes, this provision is only available to persons who undertook their agricultural activity within the beef, dairy, sheep or arable sectors.

Read more: Minister Coveney Announces the Opening of the Online Application System for the Scottish...

Visit a Park in Dublin City

South Central Area:

  • Eamonn Ceannt Park, Sundrive Road, D. 12.
  • Kylemore Park, Ballyfermot, D.10.
  • Liffey Valley Park, Chapelizod / Islandbridge, D.8/10.
  • Markievicz Park, Ballyfermot, D.10.
  • Oisin Kelly Park, Basin Street, Off James’ Street, D.8.
  • St Audeons Park, High Street / Cook Street, D.8.
  • St Catherines Park, Thomas Street, D.8.

Read more: Visit a Park in Dublin City

Festival of Faith & Flowers

Date: 22nd-24th May
Location: St. Nicholas Church of Ireland, Adare, Co. Limerick
Cost of booking contact:€10 to include tea/coffee and cake
Website:www.adarekilmallock.org

Read more: Festival of Faith & Flowers

Meade Potato Company Launch their Origin Green Plan

Meade Potato Company launched their Origin Green Sustainability Plan with the help of Ireland’s Minster for Employment, Richard Bruton TD at the company’s headquarters in Lobinstown, County Meath. As growers, packers and distributors of fresh produce to the retail sector, the family business is one of the latest recruits for full membership of Origin Green – Ireland’s New Contract with Nature.

Read more: Meade Potato Company Launch their Origin Green Plan

Field Talk – A New Programme for New Organic Farmers in 2015

Field Talk is designed for farmers who have recently converted to organic production. The first few years can be a difficult transition for some farmers and IOFGA would like to support members by facilitating access to other farmers to discuss their experiences, and explore in more detail the technical aspects of organic production

Read more: Field Talk – A New Programme for New Organic Farmers in 2015

Minister Hayes Launches New Organic Farming Scheme

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Tom Hayes TD has announced the opening of the new Organic Farming Scheme with immediate effect. Minister Hayes made this announcement during a visit to the farm of Mr John Purcell, Good Herdsmen, Organic Meat Processor, Golden, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

Read more: Minister Hayes Launches New Organic Farming Scheme

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.

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

Wee Dander....Sat 2nd May @ Oakfield Park - Gareth Austin

Come for a wee dander this Saturday the 2nd of May, in the fabulous Oakfield Park Nr Raphoe. The gardens are looking amazing, so join me from 3pm for a wee dander around the upper gardens and learn more about the range of plants, the influences of the design and general Horticultural banter..

Read more: Wee Dander....Sat 2nd May @ Oakfield Park - Gareth Austin

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!

For more information please visit www.gardenshowireland.com





Featured Event

09
May
2015

09 May 2015 - 10 May 2015

Stradbally Hall Estate @ Laois, Co. Laois, Ireland

Irish Forestry, Woodland & Bio Energy Show Timber 2015

 TIMBER 2015!

Ireland's national & largest specialist bi-annual forestry show with bio energy sector, is now in its third year. Minister Show Opening: The Show will be opened 'officially' at 12 noon on Saturday 9 May by Minister Tom Hayes, Minister of State for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

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SHOW SPEC:
2 day specialist show including: woodland & open exhibitor areas; wood processing machinery in action; demonstration arena: Husqvarna Irish National Tree Climbing Championships; Husqvarna timber extreme sports competitions; Komatsu forwarder competition; Teagasc forestry research & education; bio energy & heating; Trojan heavy horse logging; tree carving/chainsaw carving; woodland crafts; wildlife conservation bodies ... all in the setting of a beautiful wooded parkland estate.

EXHIBITORS:
Very heartening upward trend as bookings are particularly high for this reasonably early point. 2015 Forecast: 130; 110 in 2013 and 90 in 2011. International & Irish exhibitors. Including sole traders & industry giants.

SCOPE/TARGET PROFILE:
The Show is aimed at and of value to a wide range: timber growers both commercial & recreational; landowners considering the potential of investment in forestry; timber buyers & processors; contractors; tree surgeons; arboriculturists; landscapers; gardeners; forest & bio energy machinery & equipment manufacturers; heating & wood stove specialists; timber artisans; nurseries; conservationists; and basically, anyone with an interest in wildlife & woodland countryside.

DATE:
Saturday 9 & Sunday 10 May 2015. (NB Change from the Fri/Sat slot to an exhibitors' suggested & preferred, Sat/Sun slot.)

SHOW HOURS:
9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

LOCATION:
Same time, same place! Stradbally Hall Estate. The estate proved an ideal venue in 2013, hence the repeat slot. It is located near Portlaoise off the M7 with easy access from Dublin airport and Dublin ferries. It has a network of hard roadways ideal for access for all types of machinery, in all types of weather.

FOOD & DRINK:
Hearty & artisan food plus importantly and by popular demand, a beer tent!

SPONSORS:
Including Husqvarna; Irish Farmers' Journal.

VISITORS:
Approximately 5000 over 2 days. NB A boost forecast with significant (one third!) reduction in ticket prices, see below.

TICKETS:
€10 per person.

KIDS:
FREE! NB Only children accompanied by an adult allowed entry.

PARKING:
FREE! Parking on the estate in very close proximity to the Show.

SHOW DIRECTOR:
David Wilkinson; 00353 87 997 3608; davidwilkinson@eircom.net.

For further information please visit www.ifwshow.ie





Featured Event

10
May
2015

10 May 2015

Airfield Estate @ Dundrum, Dublin 14

The Rare and Special Plant Fair 2015 in association with Bord Bia

The Rare and Special Plant Fair 2015 - Airfield Dublin 14

Spring has sprung and summer is on the way. Green fingered gardeners of all ages are encouraged to visit Airfield Dundrum on Sunday May 10th from 10am to 5pm, when it will play host to The Rare & Special Plant Fair 2015. Over forty specialist nurseries and associated businesses will be on site giving people the opportunity to purchase a vast selection of rare and unusual plants, advice on care and planting and much more. Cost of entry on the day is the discounted rate of only €5 for adults and children; for further information visit www.rareandspecialplantfair.ie and www.airfield.ie

The Rare & Special Plant Fair was established in 2001 with the assistance of Bord Bia to ensure that the gardening public has an opportunity to purchase rare and difficult to source plants, while at the same time visit a garden of note that they may not otherwise visit. Since then it has grown in reputation and stature, and is now considered one of the most highly anticipated dates on the horticultural calendar. As well as giving the gardening public the chance to purchase rare plants, the annual fair ensures that nurseries and breeders of these plants in Ireland have an opportunity to present them for sale. Visitors can also take advantage of expert gardener advice on the day, and a free plant crèche will be available.

In addition to this The Rare and Special Plant Fair offers the chance to visit some of the finest gardens Ireland has to offer. With past venues including Russborough House in Wicklow, Fancroft Millhouse Gardens in Roscrea and Farmleigh in Phoenix Park, this year's venue, Airfield, is now added to a list of the country's most notable and beautiful gardens. As well as a wonderful summer day out enjoying Airfield's ornamental and food gardens, lovingly tended to and cultivated by an expert team of gardeners, visitors on the day can experience Dublin's only working farm open to the public, a state of the art interactive heritage centre, display garage of vintage cars, and Overends restaurant.

 Admission to The Rare & Special Plant Fair at Airfield from 10am to 5pm on Sunday May 10th is €5 for all visitors.

 Keep up to date with what's happening at Airfield by following @airfielddundrum or www.facebook.com/airfielddublin