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Cavan Bee Friendly

Following on from my community workshops and Council staff training in late 2019 for Cavan County Council I’m pleased to be working on Cavan County Council’s Pollinator Guidelines. This has been awarded through Cavan’s Heritage Office. Covid19 got in the way but the draft guidelines are winging their way through for comments. My horticultural experience over the years and seeing what other Councils have done, spending time in Cavan and …Read More

B2B with Takeda Pharmaceuticals (Bray)

Earlier in 2021, I was approached be Takeda Pharmaceuticals Ltd, (Bray Office). They had recently signed up as business supported of the All Ireland Pollinator Plan (AIPP). Initially, I took part in their week long staff programme of half hour talks @Lunch & Learn focusing on biodiversity, Climate Change and other environmental issues. During lunch, a group of 30 or so staff members joined me (through Teams) to hear more …Read More

Pollinator Friendly Cavan in The Geopark

In 2019, I was so pleased to be recommended by Sarah Malone, Leitrim’s Heritage Officer to her fellow heritage officer next door in Cavan, Anne Marie Curley. After completing a pollinator friendly training programme in Leitrim, Anne Marie invited me to quote for a similar community training project focusing on the All Ireland Pollinator Plan. I’m currently working again (Autumn 2021) with Anne Marie, training groups in the Geopark area …Read More

River Derry Bubbles Project secures LEADER funding with Tinahely Community Projects.

After the success of the engagement with Kilcommon School, the next steps was obvious. It all boiled down to timing. LEADER’s put out a call for interested parties to develop projects around and focusing on our freshwater resources. The Derry-Rosnastraw-Coolboy sub catchment was also targeted for action under the current River Basement Management plans. Tinahely Community Projects seeked out suitable people to run a river / catchment project. I was …Read More

Kiltegan’s New 3 (-5) Year Plan

Kiltegan is a small village in West Wicklow with a big heart. Its Tidy Towns committee approached me to help them develop a new 3 year plan. This plan would also have a goal that in 2023 they would regain their standing in the national competition by winning the overall competition in their category, thus the reference to -5year. In 1973 they were the winners! With great stone buildings, including …Read More

What’s in a Name?

Branding and logos! I sometimes wonder why I choose my business name ‘Rubalcava Heritage Services’ as it does not exactly roll off the tongue. I was previously self employed as a wedding florist and managed to build up a very good reputation providing a quality and creative service in a demanding sector, the wedding sector. Thus using my surname ‘Rubalcava’ seemed to make sense. And having Mexican heritage in my …Read More

Local Agenda 21 Environmental Partnership grants 2018/2019

Once again, I very pleased to announce that Wicklow County Council have given me 2 LA21 grants to do 2 projects in the Wicklow area. One is my successful ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’ series of classes. I will be doing 2 separate lots, one in the Rathdrum area and other in the Carnew area. My second grant is for my relatively new project, the River Derry Bubbles Project. I’ll be working …Read More

Stratford on Slaney is Buzzing with Bees!

The participants of my Baltinglass ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’ classes decided to join forces on Earth Day, April 22nd and plant for the local bees and butterflies. All around the country positive action of pollinators are happening and this one will add to the network. A choice of perennial herbaceous plants, herbs and a few ground cover shrubs were chosen based on the flowering season, and colours bees and butterflies like. …Read More

Gardening for Biodiversity lands at Raheen, Clonroche Co Wexford

So glad to be continuing this successful project with the help of Wexford County Council’s Local Agenda 21 grant and the support of Raheen Family Resource Centre. At a time when gardeners and community groups are gearing up for another year of planting, weeding and composting, I hope to add a few layers of advice and guidance to their gardening ways. I’m repeating the same topics covering Trees for Wildlife …Read More

Wildlife and Nature Gardening – A European Perspective

Wildlife Gardening Forum based in the UK are holding a conference this November (www.wlgf.org). Through the Irish Wildlife Trust here in Ireland, I was asked if I’d be interested in sharing my thoughts and experiences from an Irish perspective! Building on from my successful ‘Gardening for Biodiversity’ talks I’ll be sharing what I know about #peatfree gardening. Coming from Ireland, where our bogs are still being used to feed Irish, …Read More