As you can see, some of our conifer trees are getting big. When our forest contractor Sean Hoskins and his fellow worker Conor Murphy, selectively felled some trees for Hollywood's 2nd thinning in January, Conor asked if he could have our largest cut tree, in exchange for reducing his felling fee. "Sure", I said, surprised.…Read more First timber from Hollywood is made into something special
At a recent ProSilva forest day I ran into a forest friend Jonathan Spazzi, an Irish based Italian born forester who is also a mycologist (a fungi expert). I had attended Jonathan's fungi foraging workshop organised by Blackstairs ecotrails about two years ago and was surprised at the variety growing in woods in the area.…Read more Hollywood even gets Christmas presents now!
Last week I was excited to take part in the first tree-marking training days for the COFORD (Council for Forest Research and Development, Ireland) Low Impact Silvicultural Systems (LISS) project in Ireland. Hollywood is one of the forests on the database, along with other plantation sites across Ireland that are being transformed, in various degrees,…Read more Tree-Marking skills and software to help us work better for forests
Great news, today Holly and I heard that two experimental films from the Hollywood project have been short-listed for the Forest Europe 'Show off your forest competition'. I submitted two films ('burning bright' and 'the black space (resilience) of the Ash night', which I thought best conveyed the work going on here in Hollywood and…Read more Hollywood shortlisted for new ForestEurope “Show off your forest” competition
I have been thinking of other perspectives and features of the valley where my work is located and what it informs it. Nearby is a stream, that often becomes a small river in winter or in our too frequent wet summers. It was once known at the 'Black River' 300 years ago (as it came…Read more And a river runs through it – postscript to my recent river-forest-bird post
Recently I was away and was surprised to find myself on a two-hour boat trip down a large river, very early one morning. It was incredibly beautiful even though we couldn't see much. It was all white-grey mist, water, trees and birds appearing, then disappearing; watery, clouding-air endlessly cycling through trees and birds... A few…Read more it was misting
My experimental film ‘The black space (resilience) of the Ash night’ (2013) was recently selected for the 2013 UCD Science Expression film festival. The film was shown with others in a mobile pop-up cinema to celebrate and reflect on the natural world. It was held at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin 1-3 Nov. My thanks to…Read more The black space and Ash dieback news in Ireland