Events

Feb
4
Tue
Green Drinks – Urban Foraging
Feb 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Green Drinks - Urban Foraging

Green Drinks – Urban Foraging

Hosted by IWT Dublin Branch.

This month’s talk is by Samuel Arnold, an artist who is passionate about foraging wild edibles. As a city dweller, he has adapted his interest to his environment and found that living in an urban landscape doesn’t have to deprive him of this ancestral activity. Samuel will explain how he gets a lot out of foraging- not just fresh healthy greens, but also a truly rewarding experience in his everyday life. He would like for others to experience this and so will share some knowledge of his activities.

With foraging, edible ‘weeds’ we end up taking care and protecting wild pieces of land (even if this is contained within a small piece of derelict land). We form a relationship with land that is otherwise labelled as ‘neglected’ or disused. It is this type of ‘wild’ land that we so desperately need to allow insect life- and therefore bird life, and indeed human life to become sustainable.

In an urban setting, foraging can be a strong practice in community building, while gathering, preparing, preserving wild foods and materials into many various uses. It is an activity than can include all ages and abilities.

Location: J. W. Sweetman, 1-2 Burgh Quay, Dublin. How to find us: Top floor of Sweetman’s Pub

Feb
6
Thu
Farming and the Environmental Crises
Feb 6 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Farming and the Environmental Crises

Farming and the Environmental Crises

Join the Irish Wildlife Trust and Regenerative Farming Ireland for a discussion evening on the future of farming at a time of climate and biodiversity crises.

Speakers include James Foley (dairy farmer), Stuart Meikle (farming analyst), Sadhbh O’Neill (climate activist and UCD lecturer) and Pádraic Fogarty (IWT). Moderated by Suzanna Crampton (sheep farmer).

To find out more about regenerative farming see this website https://www.regenerativefarmingireland.com/

DATE: Thursday February 6th 2020

TIME: 6:30pm – 9:30pm

PLACE: Greenway Manor Hotel, Kilotteran, Waterford, X91 X4RP

This is a free event, no registration required, all welcome

 

Sadhbh O Neill is a PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD, researching climate ethics and carbon markets. She teaches an undergraduate module in environmental politics and policy at UCD and DCU. She also works as a researcher for the Independents For Change group on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action. With over 25 years’ experience in environmental advocacy, she was most recently a spokesperson for Climate Case Ireland, a legal action against the Irish government’s climate policies.

Stuart Meikle is a farm business economist, a writer and a farming/food advisor, brought up in farming and studied at Wye College, University of London. He graduated with a First Class degree and joined the faculty at Wye. After academia he moved onto advising and working for governments, international development organizations, universities and private businesses in places as far afield as SE and Central Asia, the Caucuses, the Levant, Central Europe and the United Kingdom and now Ireland. In recent years he has worked on rural regeneration in agriculture-reliant, often remote-to-the-market, regions that are environmentally important and where it is about linking farming to high-value food products to enhance rural incomes and to preserve biodiversity-rich, farming-created landscapes. He has also been directly involved in building and managing integrated farm to food businesses. He lived for 12 years in Transylvania where he was the British Honorary Consul. Nowadays he resides in County Wexford.

Suzanna Crampton  is from a long-standing Kilkenny family and her farm is to be found in the beautiful Nore Valley. She has also spent many years stateside including her time at the highly progressive Sterling College in Vermont. Hence, she is very aware of the North American food and family-scale farming scene. The home farm has species-rich meadows and pastures and a traditional orchard, a showcase for both products and farming ideas. Pesticides and artificial fertilizers are avoided as “progressive farmers do not require them”. Her multi-species pastures feed the soil that feeds the plants that feed the livestock, promoting animal health and performance. Suzanna also provides a leading social media interfaces between Irish farming and local and international audiences. She is a best-selling author who writes to offer insights into farming and rural life and a public speaker who is passionate about bridging the gap between rural farm communities and their urban neighbours. She is a founder of Zwartbles Sheep Association’s Southern Ireland branch and Southeast Women in Farming Ireland.

James Foley, a native of County Waterford, completed his degree in Agricultural Science at UCD in 2000. Continuing the family tradition, he has been farming full time since. He has established a new family farm focusing on dairying, but he also has significant experience in tillage and beef. Over the years he has become acutely aware of the threat to his farm’s viability from being a primary producer at the foot of a commodity-milk supply chain. He is now exploring the options to regain his business independence by adding value to his milk and by reducing the farm’s dependence on milk sales. He has also begun to convert the farm to herbal leys and to significantly broaden the species diversity in his pastures. His aims to reduce the farm’s need for purchased inputs and to improve animal and financial performance. The evolution of his own family farm has led to James becoming an advocate for regenerative farming and route to market reform and the need for new government policies to support both.

Pádraic Fogarty is an ecologist and environmental scientist. He was chairman of the Irish Wildlife Trust from 2008-2012, editor of ‘Irish Wildlife’ magazine from 2009-2018 and has been their campaign officer since 2012. In 2017 his book, ‘Whittled Away – Ireland’s Vanishing Nature’ chartered the collapse of ecosystems in Ireland while identifying solutions to bringing nature back.

 

 

Feb
9
Sun
February IWT Waterford Walk
Feb 9 @ 12:30 pm
February IWT Waterford Walk

February IWT Waterford Walk

 

Hosted by IWT Waterford Branch.

Location: Marlfield Pond, Marlfield, Clonmel. Denis will lead this walk.

Meet at Millar’s Marsh car park (next to Odeon Cinema), Waterford at 12.30 or the car park near Marlfield Pond at 1.30pm.

Please wear appropriate foot wear and clothing. All Are Welcome to join us on the day. For more details please feel free to contact waterfordbranch@iwt.ie

Feb
16
Sun
Galway Waterways Survey
Feb 16 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Galway Waterways Survey

Galway Waterways Survey

Hosted by IWT Galway Branch.

The next event will be a survey of the Terryland (or Suckeen) river – covering the section of river from the Bodkin roundabout to where it joins the Corrib river. Terryland Park was once an area of bogland called Suckeen Bog. More details will be posted closer to the event.

Mar
8
Sun
March IWT Waterford Walk
Mar 8 @ 12:30 pm
March IWT Waterford Walk

March IWT Waterford Walk

Hosted by IWT Waterford Branch.

Location: Walk in Sliabh Coillte. Andrew will lead the walk.

Meet at Millar’s Marsh car park (next to Odeon Cinema), Waterford at 12.30 or near the entrance to Kennedy Park at 1.30pm.

Please wear appropriate foot wear and clothing. All Are Welcome to join us on the day. For more details please feel free to contact waterfordbranch@iwt.ie

 

Apr
19
Sun
April IWT Waterford Walk
Apr 19 @ 12:30 pm
April IWT Waterford Walk

April IWT Waterford Walk

Hosted by IWT Waterford Branch.

Walk from Slade to the Hook.

Location: Meet at Miller’s Marsh car park (next to Odeon Cinema), Waterford at 12.30 or at the Ferry in Passage East at 1.30pm.

Please wear appropriate foot wear and clothing. All Are Welcome to join us on the day. For more details please feel free to contact waterfordbranch@iwt.ie

May
17
Sun
May IWT Waterford Walk
May 17 @ 12:30 pm
May IWT Waterford Walk

May IWT Waterford Walk

Hosted by IWT Waterford Branch.

Walk to see bluebells at Golden Grove. Máire de Róiste will lead the walk.

Meet at Miller’s Marsh car park (next to Odeon Cinema), Waterford at 12.30 or at Anthony’s Inn at 1.30pm.

Please wear appropriate foot wear and clothing. All Are Welcome to join us on the day. For more details please feel free to contact waterfordbranch@iwt.ie

Jun
9
Tue
June IWT Waterford Evening Walk
Jun 9 @ 7:00 pm
June IWT Waterford Evening Walk

June IWT Waterford Evening Walk

Hosted by IWT Waterford Branch.

Evening Walk in Fenor Bog. Alan Walshe

Meet at in the car park near the Church in Fenor at 7pm.

Please wear appropriate foot wear and clothing. All Are Welcome to join us on the day. For more details please feel free to contact waterfordbranch@iwt.ie