Info below. Last night's minutes will be posted by Teresa on the Minutes page.

1. We are pleased to announce our final GREENING OUR CITY WEBINAR before the Autumn on Tuesday June 29th at 2.30pm titled:

The Missing Link: Food System Planning for Urban Health and Food with Dr. Tammara Soma Research Director and Co-Founder of the Food Systems Lab

To book your space go to:

2. Our people for bees project; The workshops are delivered by zoom on midweek evening from 19:00 to 20:30. I have just confirmed two slots for delivering the workshop next week. Your group is welcome to book onto either we have 10 places available for your group. The two slot available are; 

16th June 19:00 to 20:30 - IWT People for Bees [Workshop 1]

17th June 19:00 to 20:30 - IWT People for Bees [Workshop 1]

IWT People for Bees [Workshop 1] covers and introduction to the bees of Ireland and bee habitat creation. Your group will learn about the biology of Irelands different types of bees and how we can use this knowledge to understand how best to help bees in our community. 



Info for you All,

Just a reminder of our Friday's for Earth webinar on this Friday coming, June 11 at 7pm with Randal Plunkett of Dunsany Castle, Janet Laffey from the Green Sod and Paul Handrike from the Bee Sanctuary of Ireland. Join us and Cork Environmental Forum to talk about rewilding.  BOOK HERE

Also 2 other notes:

1. Another interesting webinar about tree guardianship is taking place this Thursday coming, June 10 at 7pm, free of charge. Two guests from Uganda and Honduras will talk about the efforts to halt the incursion of multinational companies into their forests to create palm oil plantations. Hear first hand about the tree protectors' efforts and look at some short videos made by Trocaire about the threats to forests in Honduras. Free event,  Book HERE

2. The Voice of the Trees is a project that runs next Saturday, June 12 at four locations in Cork City and explores our relationship with trees and what trees mean to us through art, drama, movement and tree guardianship 10 to 4pm. Hosted by Creativity and Change and supported by Green Spaces for Health join us to appreciate some of the trees in our city. See poster below for more details and register here

Next lot of B&G CN meetings before finishing for summer hols:

June 9th 8pm - Bernie Connolly - MPA
June 16th 8pm - Dave Beecher - Soil
June 23rd 7pm - Karen Loxton - walking tour/Slob bank
June 30th 5.30pm - Marie Power - beach & seaweed tour/Knockadoon
July 7th 7pm - Karen Loxton - walking tour/Claycastle
July 14th 8pm - Network online meeting final one till Sept 8th

Information from Martha:

Dear members,

Appealing to you to volunteer to help us make a recording of a dance on the shore near Blackrock Castle on this Monday 7th June at 12pm (meet at lower carpark). Maria Sinnecker, from Global World Dances will show us the moves! Please dress in blue and we will have a dozen or so of our parade “water” tops that will look great. Do it for water and for the ocean! This will be released on 8th June for World oceans Day and the first day of Global World Dances. Invite friends and bring the kids the more the better to create a sea of blue. Please let me know if you can be there.


Hi All,

Last week's minutes are in the minutes page. I have ordered Eanna's book and this will be available to borrow from the resources section. Just request it.

Two notes for circulation this week: First is our Friday's For Earth webinar on Friday 11 of June and secondly SECAD free course: Sustainable Communities Training Programme

1. FRIDAY's for EARTH: Date: Friday June 11th at 7pmRewilding: Giving Back to Nature. We are very excited about this upcoming talk with three groups who are each involved in unique rewilding projects across the country. Not to be missed! Please click on this link to book your place. BOOK HERE

We will be joined by Janet Laffey from the Green Sod. The Green Sod is a land trust that protects land and its biodiversity see their website here

Janet the founder of Emerge Environmental design will give us an overview of the work of the Green Sod across Ireland. The Green Sod have operated a rewilding programme at the wonderful Pairc a Tobair at Rosscarbery for the last two years.

Randal Plunket of Dunsany Castle will talk about his experience of rewilding his extensive estate in County Meath. The Dunsany estate covers 1600 acres of which approximately 750 are being rewilded as part of the Dunsany Reserve. 

Paul Handrick of Bee Sanctuary Ireland will talk about how he and his wife Claire Louise set up this bee sanctuary in County Wicklow, what it encompasses and he will also talk about his very exciting scheme for farmers called the National Meadowland Initiative where they are partnering the business community with farmers to encourage farmers to leave 2% of their land to nature on a paid basis.

2. SECAD is offering a free course called Sustainable Communities Training Programme. It is open to people in South and West Cork. The first session begins tonight so book quickly!

In the meanwhile enjoy June, remember Don't Mow Let It Grow! is one of the most powerful and effective ways you can help biodiversity in your garden or your area.

Best wishes from all of us at SHEP Earth Aware

Last night's minutes are in the Minutes page.

Here are new links/Info:


1. SECAD is delighted to invite you to the SECAD Sustainable Communities Training Programme Introductory Webinars


The SECAD Sustainable Communities Training Programme is a FREE programme aimed at community groups, volunteers, businesses, young people and individuals who are interested in developing and nurturing sustainability withing their local communities.


During these online workshops, we will


  • Discuss Sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Provide an overview of the SECAD Sustainable Communities Training Programme
  • Introduce the trainers delivering the programme (Change by Degrees in South Cork; VOICE in West Cork)


Monday 24th May - South Cork Introductory Online Workshop - 7 to 8pm

Click here to register for the South Cork Workshop.

2. Greetings to all from IBCP,

We are delighted to announce that our new Pollinator Trail-a joint venture between IBCP/OPW/Fota House & Gardens- is being officially opened by Minister for State, Patrick O Donovan of OPW, this Thursday, May 20th (World Bee Day) at Fota House and Gardens in East Cork. 

Unfortunately, due to covid restrictions we were unable to hold a big launch as we would have liked. However, we will be providing an information stand in front of Fota House for what we are calling our "Pollinator Trail Open Days" on both Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd from 12-4pm both days.

We would like to invite any of you that might be interested to come along and experience the trail amidst the wonderful surroundings of Fota House and Gardens. We would be delighted to see you there!

With Best regards,

Elaine Conway

3. To mark Biodiversity week the OLA and the SMA are running a two week long online release of loads of information and resources on biodiversity. Check the website daily to see new uploads: You can catch up on today's and Mondays uploads also.

Friday's for Earth continues on June 11 at 7.00pm with our latest session featuring the topic of Rewilding. Our guest speakers will include a representative from The Green Sod who just were accepted as part of the Rewilding network of Europe, our second guest speaker is Randall Plunkett of Dunsany Castle, Dunsany Castle is also part of the Rewilding Europe network and our third guest speaker hails from the Bee Sanctuary in County Wicklow. Shortly the registration link will be released.

On the point of bees, if you look up the bee sanctuary website you will see repeated calls for the cessation of spraying of chemicals, it is killing our bees and other insects. And still despite all the calls from so many different sources, widespread spraying is happening in our city and county. If you are against the chemical spraying of verges and around the base of trees make your voice heard, campaign to stop it, pick up the phone and request it stops be it in your housing estate or on your public roads. 

Public Consultation on the Environmental Assessment of the Draft Agri-Food Strategy to 2030: Submissions are possible until June 15.

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