27April2017

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2017 Allianz Garden Show Ireland - Fabulous Festival of Flowers, Food & Fun

2017 Allianz Garden Show Ireland - Fabulous Festival of Flowers, Food & Fun

2017 Allianz Garden Show Ireland runs from 5th-7th May at the stunning Antrim Castle Garde...


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The Value of Co-Design /Co-Production as a Methodology for Promoting Sustainable and Just Cities

"There are diverse approaches to transdisciplinary co-production/co-design/co-creation, which all share the key features of deep and extended participation."

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    HTA & NFU Business rates success for NI and UK Plant Nurseries

    We are delighted by the recent Government policy that land and buildings at plant nursery grounds should benefit from the agricultural exemption for business rates.

    The NFU, with the backing of the HTA, its expert rating advisors Turner Morum LLP, and the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable fought hard for this exemption to be reaffirmed allowing growers the security to invest in the future. 

    Read more: HTA & NFU Business rates success for NI and UK Plant Nurseries

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      Create your very own Narnia garden this May at Garden Show Ireland

      The Team Garden Challenge, which is supported by the Enkalon Foundation, is calling out for participants to create a CS Lewis inspired Narnia garden at the Show which runs from 5th to 7th May at Antrim Castle Gardens.

      Read more: Create your very own Narnia garden this May at Garden Show Ireland

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        SALTEX 2017 - Leading the way in Innovation

        SALTEX 2017 continues to attract some of the sector’s biggest names ensuring that visitors can again expect to see an impressive line-up of world-class innovation for use by managers of pitch, grounds, landscaping, park and estates when the event opens its doors at the NEC, Birmingham on 1 and 2 November.

        Read more: SALTEX 2017 - Leading the way in Innovation

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          NAD is now introducing Bio-Press for Moss Control in Lawn

          Viano BIO-Press is a 100% natural liquid fertiliser for lawns with indirect action against moss.
          Reduces moss within 24 hours after application. BIO-Press is certified for use in organic horticulture. Ideal to apply on lawns with moss infestation and before scarification.

          Read more: NAD is now introducing Bio-Press for Moss Control in Lawn

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            Children’s Eating Habits in Ireland

            In summary, Irish parents are encouraging their children to snack on more fresh fruit and vegetables when eating at home and are looking to reduce their intake of sugar to improve their children’s eating habits and better manage their weight.

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              EFSA in 2016: making sure that food is safe for European consumers | European Food Safety Authority

              EFSA has published its Annual Activity Report, presenting the results of its work carried out in 2016. From providing scientific risk assessments to implementing new methodologies and developing guidance documents, EFSA has addressed a wide range of issues in the field of food safety. The year 2016 also brought many changes and new aspects to EFSA’s work.

              Read more: EFSA in 2016: making sure that food is safe for European consumers | European Food Safety Authority

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                Forestry and the Basic Payment Scheme

                Having a forest on the farm can be an excellent alternative enterprise. Before deciding to establish a forest on the farm, it is essential to consider all implications.

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                  Forestry Advisory Clinics

                  Teagasc organized nearly 100 consultation days in January, February, and March with approximately 600 landowners benefiting from a one-to-one consultation with a Teagasc forestry adviser. These clinics focused on landowners who are considering forestry but the clinics also provided advice to landowners who already have a forest established.

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                    Environmental Review launched to help EU Countries achieve Benefits

                    The Environmental Implementation Review (EIR), a new tool from the European Commission, aims to help the EU Member States achieve the benefits of fully applying existing environmental standards in areas such as waste management, nature and biodiversity, air quality, and water quality and management.

                    Read more: Environmental Review launched to help EU Countries achieve Benefits

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                      Ecological Focus Areas Show Potential for Helping Biodiversity

                      report from the European Commission shows that ecological focus areas (EFAs) can contribute to addressing the impact of some farming practices on the environment, by bringing potential positive effects for biodiversity, and for soil, water and climate. The report covers the first two years since the introduction of EFAs in 2015 through new rules governing direct payments to farmers.

                      Read more: Ecological Focus Areas Show Potential for Helping Biodiversity

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