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22nd September 2018
11.30am (Registration 11am)
The Rebel Pedal is Cork’s iconic annual bicycle parade hosted by the Cork Environmental Forum in association with Cork City Council and Cork Sports Partnership.
The event has been a regular feature since 2000, originally set-up as an event to highlight Car Free Day it evolved in support of European Mobility week. This event highlights the positive aspects of cycling as an easy, healthy, joyful and family-oriented activity as well as a convenient means of transport in Cork City. The 45 minute parade starts and finishes at Fitzgerald’s Park, followed by a picnic and entertainment including music, face-painting, a bike doctor and games. Friends and family are welcome to join in the afternoon relaxation and enjoyment.
This year Tree Week is running from March 4th to the 11th. To get involved and be part of National Tree Week, the Tree Council of Ireland invites you to organise one or more events for the week to celebrate trees. As well as tree planting ceremonies, the range of events can include forest and woodland walks, nature trails, workshops, wood-turning displays, talks, tree hugging, tree climbing, broadcasts, launches, poetry readings, exhibitions, competitions and tree plantations where communities are challenged to plant a target number of trees on a designated local site over a fixed time period. Don’t forget to register your event, so that other people can come and join you! More information can be found on
Cork City Council and Cork City Council have free trees for groups. The Tree Council will be providing Cork County Council with a number of saplings that can be used by local groups, schools and communities as part of their tree planting events. Email email@example.com for more details.
Tree planting in Charleville Town Park by St. Mary’s Secondary School Green School Committee to mark National Tree week will be going ahead as Cork County Council will supply trees. Date and time to be conformed
Tree Week talk and planting with Ted Cooke on Sunday March 4th. In recognition of National Tree Week join us for a talk, an introduction to ‘Veteran Tree Care in Historic Landscapes’ as part of Tree Week followed by tree planting at a dedicated 2 acre site in Macroom’s Castlegrounds. All welcome. We’ll be meeting outside by the Macroom Castle arch at 1pm. To help with planting please bring spades, secateurs, suitable clothing and a packed lunch. This a free event and no booking is required. #WildAboutNature
Date/Time: Tuesday 6th March 2018 at 12 noon
Event: – Tree Week Talk with Ted Cook in Macroom
Location: Macroom Library, Macroom, Co. Cork
Additional Information: In recognition of National Tree Week, Ted Cook will give his annual Tree Week Lecture, themed this year, 2018, ‘Ascendancy Landscapes – A Case Study in Veteran Tree Guardianship’. This will be followed by treeplanting at a dedicated 2 acre site in Macroom’s Castlegrounds from 13:00 to 15:30. All welcome.
TREE WEEK WALK hosted by Cork Nature Network @Doneraile Wildlife Park, Saturday March 10th @1:30pm. A gentle walk exploring the ecology and lore of trees
Date/Time: Sunday 11th March 2018 from 13:00 to 16:00
Event: – Tree Week Event with Ted Cook in Baile Mhúirne
Location: Meet at St. Gobnait’s Wood Entrance Carpark (opposite and over bridge from Mills Pub), Baile Mhúirne, Co. Cork
Additional Information: In recognition of National Tree Week, Ted Cook will give a talk on ‘Habitat Continuity and Pressures at St. Gobnait’s Wood’. This will be followed by treeplanting adjacent to the entrance carpark. All welcome.
An evening of uplifting, inspirational and positive celebration
of amazing people doing amazing things to improve our environment.
The packed audience attending the Cork Environmental Forum Awards Ceremony at the Firkin Crane Centre on Monday last, 4th December, were moved by mesmerising stories extolling the commitment, leadership and dogged determination of all the Award recipients who are taking action to improve our environment.
James O’Donovan, CEF, Chairperson, welcomed everyone to the Awards Ceremony. Proinsias O’Tuama from Ballycotton was the well deserving winner of the Outstanding Individual Award with his unstinting efforts to rid the beaches of East Cork of litter, pictured with his wife Lorraine O’Tuama who nominated Proinsias. John Sexton, who tirelessly removes litter from the streets of the Northside of the City, was commended for his work which stems from respect and love of the place he lives in. Pictured with Derry O’Farrell who nominated John. Michael Doyle, Colm O’Conor and workers from COPE were present to collect the Award under the Community & Voluntary Category for their project Duhallow REVAMP. A social enterprise delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to their locality. Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Fergal Dennehy, presented the Awards under these two categories and praised the work being done in communities across the City and County.
Pat Mehigan, nominator, pictured with Collette McKenna and members of the Love our Library Team at University College Cork who have made substantial reductions in their energy consumption and reduced waste through a creative campaign developed in collaboration with the students which garnered them the Public Sector Award.
The Business and Commercial Category Winner was Maggie Minnion for The Filling Station which services Kinsale, Clonakilty and Skibbereen markets with a refill option for customers as well as a growing range of eco-goods in no or low impact packaging. Virginia Stearns and Donal O’Gara were commended for their business My Goodness which provides vegan, raw, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, fermented probiotic products. They also harvest rainwater for their Keffir and other drinks range and now have a team of 9 people working on the business.
Keiron Phillips, EPA Green Business, reiterated how impressive the Businesses Category Award Winners are in integrating the economic, social and environment benefits. Stressing that very often the social good that they deliver can so often be overlooked
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented this year to Jim Wilson for the depth and breadth of his work over many years to wildlife and the environment. In accepting his Award Jim mentioned the support of family and the influence of so many people that he has worked with over the years but perhaps one that resonated with Jim were the word’s of his mother branding our beautiful world around us as paradise which still inspires his efforts, and resonated with everyone present at the Awards.
CEF were delighted to have Anja Murray, ecologist and known to many as one of the presenters on the EcoEye Programme, to launch their new Sustainable Agriculture Category. Anja outlined the vital challenges that face the environment from our intensive method of producing food and the importance of recognising those who are incorporating better practices.
Donal Sheehan, a dairy farmer in North Cork, has put in place many initiatives to encourage biodiversity and is demonstrating how dairy farming can be compatible with protecting and enhancing habitats. Donal spoke movingly about the species of birds that were present in the past on his farm but are no longer seen, as he also questioned how in a generation we have become desensitised to living in harmony with other species. Relaying a beautiful account from a 90 year old woman of how as a little girl she was taught from her parents to interact with nesting Skylarks and the imprint of this years later from having a real connection and respect for nature.
Alan Kingston, a West Cork based farmer, who has embraced agroforestry as the future for his farm said what he is doing is not new but is considered so as it involves the planting of a lot trees in rows and combining traditional farming practices with forestry. He emphasised the important need for more trees, to learn from the land and to join the dots to create more wildlife corridors. Both are leading the way and great examples of how agriculture can be carried out in a more sustainable manner.
CEF wishes to acknowledge that the introduction of such a category was a suggestion of Michael Ewing, Irish Environmental Network when he was adjudicating on the Award panel a number of years ago, however, until we interacted with Alan and Donal this year for Tree Week, Space week and other events we finally felt the time was right to launch with being able to showcase two such good practice examples. We look forward in 2018 to many nominations in this category.
A word of thanks to our sponsors who readily came on board with financial and personal support for the event. We appreciate the attendance of Donal Kissane, Gas Networks Ireland and Olan Hodnett and John Lynch, Down2Earth Materials, who also participated in the presentation of the Awards.
We would like to thank nominators, who made introductions and other presenters not already mentioned above that include Klaus Harvey, Clair McSweeney, Joe Aherne and Clare Heardman.
We wish to thank everyone who made nominations to the Awards in 2017, there was a great broad spectrum of interest and an almost record number of entries which in itself is a great indicator of the growing activity in the area of environmental sustainability. The adjudication panel, Justin Byrne, Irish Environmental Network together with Matt Jones, Helen Barrett and Denis O’Regan CEF, had the unenviable task of selecting the winners in each category and deserve great credit as all recipients are leading examples of the commitment and drive to improve the environment and have a lighter footprint whether a s an individual, a business or a group.
Thanks to sculptor, Kevin Casey, who supplied the prizes which are unique and individual bogwood sculptors created and carved from oak and yew wood buried for 1000s years beneath the deep midland bogs.
Finally thanks to everyone who attended on the night, in support of recipients or from interest and support for CEF, there was not a spare seat to be had. Also appreciation to the Firkin Crane Centre, it’s such a perfect venue for this event and Ann, Liam and all the team there are so welcoming and helpful.
We look forward with renewed energy and hope to 2018 and the possibilities that may arise in continuing to support and grow the number of amazing people doing amazing things in support of our amazing place on this one and only liveable planet.
Cork Environmental Forum (CEF) is seeking nominations for its
Annual Environmental Awards 2017 .
CEF has held its Environmental Awards ceremony since 2001 which aims to acknowledge and honour the sometimes little known actions of groups, organisations and individuals around the county that have contributed to the health or richness of the Cork environment.
Awards are nominated under the four main pillars of the Forum , Public Sector, Business and Commercial Sector , Community & Voluntary Sector and Individual Category.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given from time to time at the discretion of the Management Committee.
Nominations are accepted from CEF members and members of the public for actions that are in keeping with the spirit of sustainable development and community resilience, including raising awareness on environmental sustainability. The Awards have proven to be a very positive public acknowledgement of the work that groups, individuals, communities and businesses undertake every day to improve their environment and that of the wider community.
See details of previous Award Winners:
There was a lovely local ReUse & Upcycling event in Cobh for ReUse month with Cobh Zero Waste also being involved. The event was supported by SRWMO. This final Reuse Month event took place at the Community Centre in Cobh. It also featured stands by Cobh Zero Waste and Cobh Tidy Towns. Other great local projects incorporating reuse as part of their work included the Men’s Shed, Cobh Youth Project, Cobh Animation, Clio Higgins, Quay Designs displayed her upcycled furniture and Syliva and Tim from Cobh Allotments, provided workshops for the children.
The Community Reuse Network of Ireland organised a very well attended Seminar on the 28th October for organisations and agencies involved in supporting social enterprises and local projects involved in Reuse and promotion of the Circular Economy. Presentations from Claire Downey, CRNI, Pauline McDonogh, SWRMO and inputs on our own Boomerang Enterprises and IRD Duhallow’s Furniture Revamp gave plenty of practical information and examples of putting ideas into action.
Facilitated by Chris Chapman there were some very productive discussions looking at how to grow the sector in the region, identifying key barriers and opportunities and the event itself helped to deliver the aim of building a stronger network and enhancing collaboration. Helen O’Shea’s provided a beautiful display of her sculpted plastic and aluminium pieces which demonstrates another higher value use of discarded resources.
“Reuse Republic”showcase at County Hall, organised by SMILE Resource Exchange.
SMILE Resource Exchange and Cork County Council are delighted to collaborate on Reuse Republic, a public event that aims to bring together some of Cork’s best upcyclers, reuse initiatives and eco businesses whilst encouraging people to Rethink Your Waste!
VoxPop – Think-Speak-Do
The Glitz & Glamour Fashion Showcase returned to Cork for the second year on Saturday 14th October. Hosted at St. Peter’s Exhibition Centre the event was organised by the Southern Regional Waste Management Office in conjunction with Cork City Council and Cork Environmental Forum.
The Show thrilled the audience with the fabulous fashion on parade from the stores which included Miss Daisy Blue, Barnardos, Mercury Goes Retrograde, The Hummingbird Rooms, Enable Ireland, Records and Relics, Gorta, and The Retro Workshop with some stunning headpieces from Isabellla Ru.
A host of volunteer models did a fantastic job of stylishly displaying the sophisticated and stunning outfits. The outfits were perfected with the creative and artistic work on hair and make-up by Paula Curtis and her team at CHAIR. Pauline McDonogh, Prevention Officer with the Southern Regional Waste Management Office, the main promoters of ReUse Month, provided an elegant and eloquent commentary throughout the Show.
The diverse audience, many who just popped in from the end of a shopping trip in the city, were delighted with the variety and quality of the fashion on show ranging from items such as an early 70s psychadelic print multicoloured maxi dress with ruffled neckline worn with an arctic fox fur collar and navy blue fedora hat to a one shouldered, ink green, Karen Millen dress with a Call it Spring silver handbag. Beads, lace and brocade with some sparkle were a feature of many of the beautiful costumes on show giving a great glimpse of what is available in the sector.
The men were also catered for by the Retro Workshop and Records and Relics with the former showcasing some finely tailored wool suits and jackets, delighted that Tom Mulcahy, their tailor took to the catwalk too. Whilst the latter had inspiring unique looks for the discerning male.
Ahead of the Jazz Weekend and party season there is no excuse for anyone not to have a frock, shirt and jacket and accessories that will add sparkle to your evening.
What began as part of Reuse Month last year, is developing into a must attend event for Cork’s fashionistas and will return again next year, the organisers welcome any expression of interest both from those involved this year and new participants.
UPCYCLING FOR THE HOME
Upcycled furniture, patchwork, babywear and toys, unique one-off crafted items, eclectic range from second-hamd stores and initiatives such as the reuse of juice bottles all featured as part of a display and opportunity to meet and get advise from experts involved in these businesses in the Upcucling for the Home event held at St. Peter’s Exhibition Centre on Saturday 14th October.
The drop in event from 11am -3.30pm was organised by the Southern Regional Waste Management Office in conjunction with Cork City Council and Cork Environmental Forum as part of the nationwide ReUse Month initiative.
The focus on the home is due to the fact that this is where many of us can adopt changes to make items last longer, to repurpose them, give them a new lease of life through restoration services or consider procuring from the ReUse sector.
This year exhibitor’s included Cork Deaf Enterprises, the Paint Pot, La Table Belge, Quay Designs, the Baby Market, Patchwork and Banners by Louise Harrington, A-Z Shop, Roger Nagle’s beautiful crafted items for the home including lighting, tables and much more. Future Orchard Trust were promoting the ReUse of all of their apple juice bottles and Cork City Council were promoting reducing waste with reusable food measuring tools. Boomerang Enterprises mattress recycling project also showcased a special ReUse Month commission for the development of the “Boomerang Bag” made from textiles from the mattresses.
The Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Fergal Dennehy was accompanied by David Joyce, Director, Cork City Council Environment & Recreation Services on a tour of the stands and heard first hand about these businesses and initiatives which are an important part of the ReUse Sector and the developing Circular Economy.
The event, now in its second year, aim is to encourage people to reuse and repurpose furniture and clothing no longer in use, while also encouraging shopping in the reuse sector when looking to update furniture, clothes and home textiles and buy eclectic items such as books, records and crockery with character. . Think-Speak-Do carried out a public engagement strategy to gauge people’s views on sustainability and the role of ReUse in achieving this. A video of the findings will be available shortly. The public who attended were very engaged with the ideas and opportunities presented and we hope people are inspired to adopt a more ReUse friendly approach in their homeware and lifestyle.
ReUse Month Returns to Cork for 2017
This October sees the 2nd year of ReUse Month across the Country. As expected Cork is again highlighting the importance of ReUse as an important sector to assist our transition to a more sustainable society. Upcycling for the Home and Pre-Loved and Vintage Fashion are the main themes.
Reuse Month is part of a nationwide initiative to change attitudes to old and disused objects, while encouraging people to repurpose, donate, sell or repair items and to shop in the charity and vintage sectors.
CEF is involved with supporting events in Cork and Cobh. All events are FREE and everyone is welcome.
We are delighted with the participation of local outlets and organisations. For the lifestyle and home event these include Cork Deaf Enterprises. showcasing their wonderful upholstery service, The Paint Pot, La Table Belge, Quay Designs, A to Z shop as well as workshops on making celebration banners from material scraps with Louise Harrington and how to make a Busy Board for children. Eilis & Jo from Think-Speak-Do will carry out an public engagement exercise during the event. The Lord Mayor will attend the event at 12pm.
The Fashion Show will kick off at 4.30pm, with a wine reception and music. Participating charity and vintage shops include Miss Daisy Blue, Mercury Goes Retrograde, Barnardos, The Retro Workshop, Enable Ireland, Records and Relics, Gorta, Isabella Ru and the Hummingbird Rooms. The theme is “Glamour & Glitz” ahead of the Jazz Weekend and the party season – so be inspired for the latest look to sparkle for the season!
Local groups involved in the event in Cobh include Cobh Zero Waste, The Mens Shed Group, Cobh Tidy Towns and are supported by the Southern Waste Region office and Cork Environmental Forum.
Everyone is very welcome and there will be interesting workshops aswell.
Cork Sky Friendly Campaign in conjunction with Castlelyons & Bridebrige Tidy Town’s are hosting an event as part of Ireland’s Space Week which takes place nationwide in parallel with World Space Week from 4th – 10th October.
The event will be held on Friday 6th October 2017 at a local farm Castlelyons Co. Cork at 7.00pm until 8.30pm approx.
The event will include a workshop which is designed to raise awareness and engage members of the public in the GLOBE at Night citizen-science campaign. The workshop will inform participants on how to measure their night sky brightness and report their observations to a website from a computer or smart phone. Light pollution threatens not only our “right to starlight”, but can affect energy consumption, wildlife and health. Members of Cork Astronomy club will be on hand for some interactive observing of the night sky and to hone your skills to recognize some of the stars and galaxies. As well as the workshop and interactive observing of the night sky there will be short inputs on the effects of light pollution on our ability to observe the night sky and on the health of wildlife and humans.
Cork Sky Friendly Campaign is a collaboration of organisations interested in raising awareness of the adverse effects of excessive artificial light and protecting the night skies over Cork city and county. They include Blackrock castle Observatory, Cork Astronomy Club, Cork Environmental Forum, Cork Nature Network, Cork Climate Action and Bere Islands Projects Group
Space Week, now in its second year, is designed to encourage people to explore our incredible Universe and raise public awareness of the benefits, challenges, and inspiration of space exploration and Earth observation. This year’s theme ‘Our Planet, Our Space, Our Time’ and events series will explore how, as 21st century citizens under one sky, we can use the power of critical thinking and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) to shape our understanding of life on Earth and our place in Space. Participants will enjoy stargazing, astronomy talks, workshops, mobile planetarium shows, rocket launches, fun space experiments, they will hear about space careers and they will learn about the Life of an Astronaut. Or discover the Universe from your own home using the fun space activities on spaceweek.ie. Schools are encouraged to Book a Space Speaker for the Classroom and take advantage of a wide range of experts who will share their stories on video throughout Space Week.
Space Week runs from October 4th-10th, 2017. See www.spaceweek.ie for the full programme of events. Discover Your Universe! #SpaceWeek17 www.spaceweek.ie
Globe at Night
The Globe at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen-scientists to measure their night sky brightness and submit their observations from a computer or smart phone. Light pollution threatens not only our “right to starlight”, but can affect energy consumption, wildlife and health. More than 100,000 measurements have been contributed from people in 115 countries during the campaigns each winter/spring over the last 9 years, making Globe at Night the most successful light pollution awareness campaign to date!
For information and resources, visit us at www.globeatnight.org.
To report measurements, visit www.globeatnight.org/webapp/. Happy star-hunting!
CEF together with Cork Nature Network provide regional coordination of the Coastwatch Annual Survey in Cork which takes place from the 15th September – 15th October 2017.
We are delighted to announce a Training Session on Wednesday 13th in |Ballydehob with International Coastwatch Coordinator, Karin Dubsky. All welcome but please book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or text 083 1468064
The details are on the website and bookings for 500metre survey areas is now live. We will be communicating directly with previous coastwatchers in Cork in the next few days. Please get in touch if you are interested in participating in this valuable citizen science project. We have over 2000 survey sites along the Cork coast and need all the help we can get to survey as much of this great natural resource.
All Ireland Survey 2017 Website Link
Address: Cork Environmental Forum
Enniskeane, Co. Cork
Company No: 340723