Heritage News & Events 28.10.20

Pollinator friendly flower (photo courtesy of Dylan Vaughan)

Tullahought win County Heritage Week Award
Congratulations to Tullahought Community Development who won the County Kilkenny Award for national Heritage Week 2020, co-ordinated by the Heritage Council.  Their video on water heritage was scripted, filmed and produced by the community.  It’s a great example of a community heritage group adapting to and rising to the challenges of Covid.  https://www.heritageweek.ie/projects/back-to-the-past-valuing-water-in-the-community

Stay strong this Autumn and Winter: Tips for gardening and biodiversity
This Autumn and Winter the Heritage Office encourages all of us to get out and about, to observe nature in your local area, and to continue to make your garden a haven for pollinators and biodiversity. We’ll have a series of hints and tips on radio and social media for the next few months. Stay tuned for more! This initiative is part of Kilkenny County Council’s Community Wellbeing Support Programme for Covid 19.

Autumn tasks to make your garden a haven for pollinators
At this time of year, we all begin to notice the nature around us a little more. Hearing birdsong, the sound of bees or grasshoppers, observing flowers and butterflies. Being in nature is good for our mental health and the planet too! So why not bring nature right to your doorstep? Autumn is the perfect time to plant pollinator-friendly bulbs, such as Crocus or Allium to feed bees and butterflies next spring.  We all like our daffodils and tulips but they don’t have much pollen. Or maybe a winter-flowering shrub like Mahonia to feed any late-flying bees. For a full list of pollinator-friendly bulbs and shrubs go to  https://pollinators.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Gardens_actions-to-help-pollinators-2018-WEB.pdf

#Winter Wildlife Challenge
The National Biodiversity Data Centre is running a new winter wildlife challenge and inviting everyone in Ireland to find and submit photos of a specific native species each week. This week is the ash tree. For more see https://www.facebook.com/BioDataCentre/

EU online conference: Cultural Heritage and Peace in the 21st C
The European External Action Service will host an international online conference titled “The role of the European Union on the Protection and Enhancement of Cultural Heritage in conflict and crisis contexts” on 12th & 13th November which will explore the dynamic relationship between cultural heritage and peace in the 21st century.  To register for this conference, go to https://www.euculturalheritage.com/#Register