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Woodlands, Water & Biodiversity @ Billy Fox Memorial Park
May 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Woodlands, Water & Biodiversity: Celebrate National Biodiversity Week with a ramble at Billy Fox Memorial Park to explore the flora and fauna which inhabit our local streams, rivers and woodlands.

Ben Malone, Community Water Officer with the Local Authority Waters Programme will be on hand to reveal the rich biodiversity that can be found in our local streams and rivers and will demonstrate how members of the public can engage in citizen science aimed at revealing the water quality in our local watercourses.

This will be followed by an exploration of the biodiversity that can be found within the woodland habitats of the park. Participants will accompany ecologist Goska Wilkowska from Nature’s Patch Network who will help to identify the different types of plants and animals encountered and discuss the importance of a diverse landscape rich in semi-natural habitats for a healthy river catchment.

This free family friendly event will take place from 11:00am – 1.00pm on Sunday 22nd May,

International Day of Biological Diversity. Booking essential through Sandra McQuaid, Heritage Section, Monaghan County Council. Email: or call on 047-35000 Ext. 480.

Native Tree Workshop @ Castleblayney Community Gardens & Allotments
May 22 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Native Tree Workshop @ Castleblayney Community Gardens & Allotments

Do you want to set up a small tree nursery? Or do you just want to grow a few of your favourite native trees?

Come along to the Castleblayney Community Gardens & Allotments where local tree aficionado, John McKeon, will be hosting a native tree workshop. John has 15 plots of native Irish trees growing in his nursery (from seeds collected in and around County Monaghan) and he will be sharing his experience in (1) identifying and collecting seeds; (2) seed bed preparation, which is particularly relevant in heavy clay soils like we have in our county; and (3) seed storage, stratification and sowing, as required by the different seeds for successful propagation. John will also highlight good tree nursery management and problems that can arise. The species he has growing are Hawthorn, Blackthorn, Buckthorn, Wild Cherry, Bird Cherry, Crab Apple, Alder, Elm, Hazel, Holly, Oak, Rowan, Spindle, Guelder Rose, and Willow. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.


Booking is compulsory for this event. Bookings can be made by emailing 


Place: Castleblayney Community Gardens and Allotments (Eircode A75W773)

Date & Time: Sunday, 22 May from 3-5pm


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