The Diocese Eco Committee has brought this charter to General Synod in the hopes that a similar charter will be adopted by all dioceses within the Church of Ireland.
Many parishes within the diocese have undertaken eco projects and the Diocese Eco Committee holds an annual Diocesan
Environmental Awards evening to recognise these environmental endeavours. Also, environmental awareness and action competitions are organised for young people.
An animal blessing service is held in Kilkenny each October with animals as diverse as horses, roosters, fish, cats … and many dogs! Children in the Kilkenny Group grew pumpkins from seed for their Harvest festivals.
St Lactains, Freshford installed a solar-powered heating
The parish church of Grange Sylvae hosts a spectacular display of cowslips during the summer months. Parish members have collected the precious seeds and offered them to other parishes within the diocese, which had the appropriate soil type and conditions suited to the cowslip. Seeds have also been packaged and made available to Synod members.
Parishioners of St John's carried out work in the graveyard area to ensure a butterfly-friendly environment. The Sunday School invited all of the children from the otherthree Sunday Schools in the Kilkenny group to visit their church to view a demonstration bee-hive and learn all about the life-cycle of the honey bee from a local bee keeper.
Goresbridge and Stradbally have wildflower meadows. Carlow is planting one and is keeping one corner of the property wild as a natural habitat.
Kilkenny College harvests rainwater and has four green flags. The school has been involved in helping to get clean water toremote villages in Afghanistan. It also promotes the growing of vegetables in Swaziland and Rwanda where there is a big AIDS problem and many families have no adults. Teenagers and children are being taught to grow vegetables to feed themselves.
Congratulations to Cashel and Ossory on receiving an Eco-Congregation Ireland diocesan award on 20th April 2013! It is the first Church of Ireland diocese to receive an award, although three individual Church of Ireland parishes have - Rathfarnham and Whitechurch in Dublin, and St Molua's in Belfast. You can read about the diocese receiving its award at the ECI Roadshow in Kilkenny on 20th April 2013 here.