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National Hedgerow Week 2023

The Heritage Council is delighted to announce a new partnership with Teagasc in the launch of National Hedgerow Week 2023.

The Heritage Council is delighted to announce a new partnership with Teagasc in the launch of National Hedgerow Week 2023.

Spanning from September 1st to 8th, this initiative highlights the multifaceted value of hedgerows in our landscapes. From their role in biodiversity and carbon capture to their significance in agriculture, hedgerows symbolise the intricate balance between our cultural heritage and the natural environment. Hedgerow Week will bring together farmers, ecologists and heritage enthusiasts, in a celebration of the importance of hedgerows in our shared effort against biodiversity loss and climate change.

Events are free to attend and are open to all.

The events scheduled for the week are organised by Teagasc, Heritage and Biodiversity Officers in Local Authorities and others. All events are suitable for farmers, contractors and all with an interest in hedgerows. The programme of events for the week is below.


Friday September 1st 2023

Signpost Series Webinar

Online, 9:30am
Register for The Signpost Series webinar on Hedgerow Week

Farm walk and machinery demonstration

Kildalton Agricultural College, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Guided farm walk to look at best practice in hedgerow planting and management with Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and hedgerow biodiversity with Lorcan Scott, Wildlife Officer with the Heritage Council.
Teagasc, Kildalton Agricultural College, Piltown, Co Kilkenny E32 YW08


Saturday September 2nd 2023

Kildare Hedgerow Walk and Talk*

Celbridge, 11:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm
A walk through farmland with laid hedgerows of various ages and states. Also including a laying demonstration, near Celbridge (exact location given at registration). There are two walk and talk events, from 11am - 1pm and from 2pm - 4pm. Numbers are limited, so registration is essential.
Register for the Walk and Talk through farmland with laid hedgerows

*This event is now fully booked. Please email info@hedgerows.ie
to be added to the waiting list.

Monday September 4th 2023

Farm walk and machinery demonstration

Grange Research Centre, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Guided farm walk to look at best practice in hedgerow planting and management with Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and hedgerow biodiversity with Loretto Guinan, Heritage Officer with Meath County Council.
Teagasc, Grange Research Centre, Dunsany, Co Meath. C15 PW93


In Your Nature Podcast Hedgerow Edition

Listen to In Your Nature podcast online at Buzzsprout and all podcast providers
Special Hedgerow Week edition of the popular “In Your Nature” Podcast featuring Ricky Whelan, biodiversity officer with Offaly County Council in conversation with Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland. Ricky and Niall are joined for Hedgerow Week by Ruth Wilson on the topic of hedgerows, their importance for pollinators and other wildlife as well as their functional value on our farms.

Ruth is the Farmland Pollinator Officer (All-Ireland Pollinator Plan) at the National Biodiversity Data Centre, a post is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM). “In your Nature” is supported by Laois, Offaly and Westmeath County Councils and the Heritage Council and is edited by Ann-Marie Kelly.


Tuesday September 5th 2023

Farm walk and machinery demonstration

Ballyhaise Agricultural College, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Guided farm walk to look at best practice in hedgerow planting and management with Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and hedgerow biodiversity with Catherine Casey, Head of Climate Change with the Heritage Council.
Teagasc, Ballyhaise Agricultural College, Ballyhaise Co Cavan H12 E392

'What's in a Hedge?'

Newbridge Library, Co Kildare from 6pm – 8pm.
Talk and Presentation by Eanna Ni Lamhna and Mary O'Connor, organised by Kildare County Council. Numbers are limited, so registration is essential.
Register for 'What's in a Hedge? Newbridge library

Hedgerows; Laying and Wildlife

Gragara, Jenkinstown, R95 CR90, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Join Nore Vision and master hedge layer Eoin Donnelly for a walk and talk on farm hedgerows in Kilkenny. This event is aimed at farmers and landowners with an interest in hedge maintenance. Please dress for the weather.
Booking Essential


Wednesday September 6th 2023

Farm walk and machinery demonstration

Teagasc, Athenry 11:00am
Guided farm walk to look at best practice in hedgerow planting and management with Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and hedgerow biodiversity with Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer with Galway County Council.
Teagasc, Athenry, Co Galway H65R718

Hedgerows of Kilkenny City

Bishops Meadow Swimming area on the linear walk, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Join Nore Vision for this lunchtime walk to celebrate the hedgerows of Kilkenny City.
The walk is fully accessible and all are welcome.
Find more details on Hedgerows of Kilkenny City

Harvesting our Hedgerows

Carrickmacross Library, 6.30pm - 8pm

Come and join Dr. Patricia McCreesh (Biodiversity Officer Monaghan Co Co) and Glennys Pollock (Pollocks' Pickles and Preserves) as they demonstrate the huge variety of foods that can be foraged in our hedgerows. From blackberry jam to crab apple jelly and sorrel pesto to elderberry syrup, the possibilities are endless! Promises to be a fun and informative evening showcasing the incredible diversity of healthy hedgerows.

Limited spaces, so booking is required - Book your place on 042-966 1148


Thursday September 7th 2023

Farm walk and machinery demonstration

Teagasc, Clonakilty, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Guided farm walk to look at best practice in hedgerow planting and management with Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and hedgerow biodiversity with Sharon Casey, Ecologist with Cork County Council.
Agriculture College, Darrara, Clonakilty Co Cork P85 AX52

What's in a Hedge?

Celbridge Library, Co Kildare from 6pm – 8pm.
Talk and Presentation by Eanna Ni Lamhna and Niall Mac Coitir. Numbers are limited, so registration is essential. Organised by Kildare County Council.
Register for 'What's in a Hedge?' at Celbridge library

Mass Path Walk, Dunmore

Dunmore Church Car Park, Castlecomer Rd, Kilkenny, R95NX08, at 6:45pm
Walk with Monica Fleming along the historic mass path in Dunmore where she will introduce you to the autumn fruits of the hedgerows. Places are limited, reserve your place by emailing biodiversity@kilkennycoco.ie. This event is organised by the Biodiversity Office of Kilkenny County Council and supported by the National Parks & Wildlife Service under the National Biodiversity Action Plan.


Friday September 8th 2023

Signpost Series Webinar

Online at 9:30am
Register for The Signpost Series webinar on Hedgerow Week

Farm walk and machinery demonstration

Teagasc, Moorepark, 11:00am – 1:00pm
Guided farm walk to look at best practice in hedgerow planting and management with Catherine Keena, Teagasc Countryside Management Specialist and hedgerow biodiversity with Kieran Murphy, Ecologist with Cork County Council.
Teagasc, Curtin's Farm, Moorepark, Co. Cork P61 X727

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