Soil

Soil erosion and degradation are serious problems that are causing declines in soil fertility and productivity worldwide. Improved land management techniques and agricultural practices are needed to protect the health of soils, improve agricultural yields and combat climate change.

6th December 2015

An Taisce puts forward a nuanced view on the beef/forestry issue which takes in the multiple objectives of the natural environment including Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water.
This comes under ‘LULUCF’ (Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry) and any LULUCF position that does not address Soil Carbon has no credibility.

Different Soil Types contain varying amounts of ‘Soil Organic Carbon’ ranging from Bogland with high C to Arable. Switching from one land use to another on the scale envisaged will impact on the amount of Carbon sequestered or released. [Note 1]

18th April 2015

The April 2015 Green Communities event was attended by between 30 and 40 people. This vegetable propagation workshop, by Stephen Alexander of Teagasc, covered planting, and the propagation of vegetable crops. Items covered also included organic slug control and disease resistant vegetable varieties.

This was followed by a talk on a wide variety of Herb Plants by Peter Cuthbert. These included Rosemary, Oregano, Mint, and Lemonbalm.

12th March 2015

On Friday the 6th of March 2015 the Bridgefoot Street Community Garden once again opened its gates to the public after being closed for around 4 years. The event was opened with an address by Bruce Phillips (DCC) followed by a talk about organic soil fertility from Robert Moss (An Taisce EEU). This addressed the nature and importance of fertile soil for plant health, disease resistance, and productive cultivation.

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