It was lovely yesterday evening to celebrate all things earthy and green for Green Sod Ireland’s Earth day walk. It was a soft grey evening and Mary White of Blackstairs Eco trails led the walk down the lanes right next to Hollywood. Mary gave us information on the history of the lane and many of the plants along the way.  Something I didn’t know was as the upper reaches of the lanes have never been sealed, the plants there are chemical free and great for food foraging! It is my favourite time of year too, all that spring bright green growth and flowers everywhere, although I find all the seasons have their own beauty and interest too.

Here are some pictures below on what was a very enjoyable evening – at the end of the walk I gave a short talk about how Martin and I are transforming Hollywood and I was able to share some of the history of this process with photos I have collected from the project over the years and how my work connects ecology, art and green politics. It was a thrill to share the story

Martin Lyttle Cathy Fitzgerald and Mary White - for the Green Sod Ireland 2014 Earth Day walk

Here’s Martin, myself and Mary White of Blackstairs Eco Trails talking about how Hollywood is being transformed from a conifer plantation to a permanent continuous cover, mixed species forest. Many of you will know that I worked with Mary from 2004-7 for her successful political campaign to become Ireland’s first rural Green TD (MP) but Mary also has a connection to Hollywood too, helping see the land planted back in the mid-1980s with Martin’s late father: Photo Aine McAteer

right in Hollywood – I’ve been to many open forest days but this was the first time I have led a forest talk myself. Thanks to all who came and the great comments and chat too!

Click on an Hollywood sign image below to start the slideshow.

Many thanks to all at Green Sod Ireland and Mary White of BlackstairsEcoTrails.ie. Donations to help save our ‘wild-acres’ can still be made to Green Sod through their website too.  As always, comments welcome and enjoy the South Carlow Hollywood Earth day walk below!

10 thoughts on “Celebrating Earth Day 2014 at Hollywood, Co. Carlow with Green Sod Ireland

  1. Well done Cathy. Thats brilliant news. You are blazing a light in Hollywood. I am sitting here trying to seamlessly link my great grandfathers time on the New York Docks with the beginning of my audio visual project! Aw the joys of the Methodology Chapter! Moira

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  2. Hi Cathy Lovely reading this thank you. So delighted that you were part of Green Sod’s first WildAwake event, I would love to have been on the walk, we will have to come back and visit Hollywood another time, thank you again for your generous time and talent, Warm hellos Victoria

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  3. Hi Cathy Hope you are very well. I am just gathering together all the photos and feedback from the walks and I wonder if you could send me on the jpgs of the images in this blog? I will of course reference you – We will put some on the website etc.. There was lovely feedback from the event and I’m delighted you enjoyed it also it definitely was great to have your good self +martin+holly on board! So thank you again Victoria

    On Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM, resiliencies: stories of transformati

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