Agriculture

About 64% of Ireland’s land area is used for agriculture, so it’s impossible to overstate the significance of the sector in environmental terms.

8th September 2016

333 delegates representing every EU Member State met in Cork this week to draft a new declaration on the future of European rural development. Twenty years on from the original Cork declaration it is clear that we have failed to align agricultural policies with the imperatives of protecting the environment and tackling climate change. Above all we have failed to improve the lot of the EUs many small farmers and marginal farming communities and the broader rural economy.

6th September 2016

Dear Ms Mulligan,

Please find attached An Taisce's submission to the Public Consultation on the Statement of Strategy 2016 -2019 for the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.

We would like to draw your attention to other recent An Taisce publications and submissions below that are closely related and complement the attached document.

Forestry

4th September 2016

Twenty years on from the European Unions Cork Declaration on Rural Development the leaders of the EUs Rural Development Policy will meet again in Cork (5th - 6th September) to set out the road map for agriculture, the environment and the rural economy. Twenty years later and the Common Agricultural Policy has failed to create an agricultural sector which is socially, economically or environmentally sustainable.

21st May 2016

On Saturday the 21st of May a dozen community gardeners from various community gardens across Dublin made the trip out to Russborough in County Wicklow. The weather forecast was not great, but as is often the case in Ireland the weather had other plans. The weather was warm and sunny, and the old walled garden well looked after by the Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland volunteers. Volunteer gardeners visiting the site included individuals from Bridgefoot Street, Cherryorchard, and Serenity Community Gardens, as well as Grattan Park, and Pearse College Allotments, and WALK.

30th April 2016

Saturday the 30th of April saw a new Hop Garden installed within the Bridgefoot Street Community Garden. Starting from 12 noon the posts and wire were set up by early arrivals including Tim Holmes, Niall O Coinleáin, Hubert Martin, and Robert Moss. Around a dozen people attended the event and heard a talk by Tim Holmes about Hops and their cultivation. We then planted 8 new Golden Tassle Hop Vines to be trained along the wires strung between posts across the garden. After lunch we then distributed Hop seeds for planting and future cultivation.

16th April 2016

This event was organised by Dee Sewell, of the Community Garden Network, with the aim of creating a community garden network in Carlow.

Green Communities delivered a talk about the aims and successes of both Green Communities, and Dublin Community Growers, as networks to promote community gardening and to provide self supporting networks for these important initiatives.

1st November 2015

The Dublin Made Me Market is a free one-day market and talks event in Smock Alley brought to you by journalist Catherine Cleary and Dublin 2020. At the talks we heard from Tony Lowth (NCAD Garden), Kaethe Burt-O’Dea (Spuds and Lifeline project), Iseult Ward (Food Cloud), Elaine Doyle (seed bombs), historian Juliana Adelman (a short history of farm animals in Dublin), Robert Moss (The Garden City) and Duncan Walker (from the Walkinstown Green Kitchen).

24th October 2015

After torrential rain in the morning around 8 am the day then began to clear and develop into a bright and sunny, albeit cold day. Transport to Julianstown was predominantly by mini bus provided by the Crumlin Community Guards. After collecting participants at Pearse College we then moved on to Bridgefoot Street Community Garden. Initially attendance did not look great, but soon after 11 am, and a number of visits to O'Rourke's Cafe, we then departed with a full bus, and car load of green Communities volunteers.

19th August 2016

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (DAHRRGA) is currently preparing its Statement of Strategy for the three-year period from 2016 to 2019. The Departments Strategy Statement for the period 2016 to 2019 ‘will have a particular focus on the key commitments in the Programme for Government and the other Government strategies’.

An Taisce, Birdwatch Ireland, Hedge Laying Association of Ireland and Irish Wildlife Trust have joined forces to combat The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD, proposed changes to Section 40 of the Wildlife Act that will allow cutting of hedgerows from the 1st of August.

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