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Clonakilty urged to plant a forest and take positive action against climate change

Posted on: 8th March, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

On March 13, as part of National Tree Week, Clonakilty residents will have a chance to take positive action against climate change by getting involved in this year’s planting of trees at the new forest by Gullane Lake. Paul Cullen...

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March in the garden

Posted on: 8th March, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

As the months move on there is ever-lengthening days and we start to entertain the hope of more sunshine and calmer, brighter days after a winter of incessant wind and rain. Let us hope some balance returns to the weather...

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The tide is turning for self-builders

Posted on: 8th February, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

Two years ago, I wrote about building your own house with natural materials and without a mortgage. Since then the law, which regulates building control, has changed twice. The first change in March 2014 led to the near extinction of...

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Unsettled summer predicted by New Zealand forecaster

Posted on: 8th February, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

Ken Ring of www.predictweather.com is author of the Weather Almanac for Ireland for 2016. Here he gives us a look at what to expect for the coming year. The suggestion that strong El Ninos would cause harsh winters for Ireland...

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Innovative European organic farm project to launch in Bantry

Posted on: 8th February, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

A network of ten European WWOOF organisations has developed a unique free online learning guide for the 30,000 or so young adults who volunteer each year to live and learn on organic farms and smallholdings across Europe. This ­new and...

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Time to get planting

Posted on: 18th January, 2016 in Home, Garden & Environment

My heart goes out to all of you devastated by recent flooding and the disastrous consequences that excess water causes when it has nowhere left to go. Individually we can do something to reverse the effects, some small simple steps...

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Nordic themes all the rage for Christmas decorating

Posted on: 1st December, 2015 in Home, Garden & Environment

Mary O’Brien looks at Christmas decorating trends for 2015 Decorating trends for Christmas 2015 are dramatic with copper and black and also white taking centrestage. Although the trend is, as always for natural materials, this year too is about the...

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Christmas at Bumblebee Farm

Posted on: 1st December, 2015 in Home, Garden & Environment

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’. I must confess we love Christmas here at Bumblebee farm. Because it’s a busy season for us we are into the swing of it earlier than most and by now are decorated...

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