Heritage News & Events 18.6.20

Pollinator Friendly Plants (photo courtesy of Dylan Vaughan)

Grants awarded in Kilkenny for works to heritage buildings
Minister Josepha Madigan TD, recently announced €4.3m funding for 449 projects across the country under the Historic Structures Fund and Built Heritage Investment Scheme 2020. In total 16 projects in Kilkenny will be supported under the schemes. The grants, which are administered by the Conservation Office of Kilkenny County Council, will support a range of built heritage projects including a thatched cottage, creamery building, shopfronts and Georgian houses.  To find out more go to https://www.chg.gov.ie/heritage/built-heritage/financial-assistance-for-architectural-heritage/

Change of emphasis for National Heritage Week 2020
The Heritage Council has just launched the 2020 National Heritage Week which takes place from 15th – 23rd August with a callout for project ideas. With the current restrictions in place the emphasis this year is on creating projects, rather than events. To find out more go to https://www.heritageweek.ie/news/communities-families-and-local-groups-across-ireland-invited-to-explore-heritage-for-national-heritage-week

Can accountants put a value on biodiversity?
What do accountants and biodiversity have in common?  Here’s a short helpful film which explains how we can “account” for biodiversity. Produced by the Irish Forum on Natural Capital and funded by the EPA.   https://youtu.be/ykzFmT4rhmM

Help record Ireland’s hedgehogs
NUI Galway researchers and the National Biodiversity Data Centre are collaborating on an Irish Hedgehog Survey and they are looking for your help.  There are two elements to this survey. They are asking you to submit sightings of hedgehogs to a dedicated recording page on the NBDC website. The second element of the survey will take place during the summer where volunteers can conduct a survey for the presence of hedgehogs in their garden using their own camera or a footprint tunnel which they can make themselves at home.  For details on this go to www.irishhedgehogsurvey.com