Operation Transformation to Continuous Cover Forestry

Great to see ProSilva Ireland’s* message about Close-to-Nature, non clearfell, continuous cover forestry is getting great press and TV coverage. This is what should have been included in this years new national forestry policy but we’ll just have to keep working at it. Anyway, we all had a great day in Co. Wicklow.

*I’m on the committee

Pro Silva Ireland

Photos and an article from ProSilva Ireland field day at Knockrath Forest, Co. Wicklow – Sat 3 Oct 2015.

ProSilva Ireland wishes to thanks the Brabazon family at Knockrath Co. Wicklow for an important ProSilva Ireland field day.

We were fortunate to have Duncan Stewart and the EcoEye team record some of the day’s discussions for an upcoming EcoEye TV programme and Donal Magner, Forestry Editor for the Irish Farmers Journal wrote the following article (click the image to download the article as a pdf). Our guest forester Heinrich Joost Bärwald from ProSilva Germany also added valuable European Close-to-Nature forestry insight to advance the discussions during the day.

Thanks to all those that attended. Comments welcome below and please feel free to share the article.
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2015-10-02 at 11-07-50 Outgoing ProSilva Ireland Chair Padriag O’Tuama with guest ProSilva Germany forester Heinrich Joost Bärwald who helped lead some of the discussions during the day, giving…

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Wexford art students visit Hollywood (and Holly)

The other day I had a group of college art students visiting Hollywood - most of them didn't seem to know the rate of biodiversity loss that industrial land and ocean practices are causing - the estimated and unprecedented loss of 150 species a day (UN, 2010 figures). Sustainability as a concept is a term…Read more Wexford art students visit Hollywood (and Holly)

‘Lines of flight’ from the Hollywood project

Cathy Fitzgerald reflects on other close-to-nature, non clearfell forests being inspired by the Hollywood ecoart project, with Nicola Brown and Fritz Ringal, under the Blackstairs Mountains, Ireland.

This morning I awoke to the sound of birdsong…

I’ve just been standing outside watching visiting birds from the continent enjoying the seeds from one of our Alder trees. They work in a chattery team. Some at the top of the tree knock the tiny pine cones to the ground; other birds in the team on the ground have their turn in getting the seeds from the dropped cones. My ecologist friend Faith was telling me we have more birdsong in Ireland at this time of year (in Wintery February) due to all these overseas visitors.

I came inside to find Pete’s blog post below. Peter is a fellow art and ecology artist and educator I met a few years ago. I thought you all might enjoy this post about ‘birdsong’, the ‘little flower’ and ‘small, little ways’ we can introduce change. Pete’s drawings are all made from natural local materials; he grinds his own charcoal and pigments to sensitively reflect on the area in which he lives with others, birds included.

Update if you are in the Devon area:

11th – 25th march 2015 –an exploration into non-plastic painting mediums

with Victoria (BC) based artist Clare Thomas (http://www.clarethomasartist.wordpress.com)
residency, workshop and artist’s talk @ eARTh

expressions of an intimate ecology

This morning I awoke to the sound of birdsong drifting through dawn-lit windows

The small, humble things in life offering sustenance in this big, big world

Spring hath sprung…

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“Curiously in amongst this plethora of Buddhism there was one token of Christianity – the autobiography of St Teresa of Lisieux. In spite of Tenzin Palmo’s antipathy to the Christian religion in general, she was drawn to the French saint who had entered a Carmelite nunnery when she was just fifteen and who had died at the age of twenty-four. She read her story several times and could quote from it at will.

‘The ironic thing is that the “little way” that she wrote about had nothing to do with the Way that I practiced. What I liked about her, however, was that she was very sensible. She sometimes slept through the…

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Hollywood, ‘the little wood that could’ is a small 2-acre Close-to-Nature continuous cover forest growing under the Blackstairs Mountains, in South County Carlow, Ireland. Photo: Martin Lyttle

Hollywood joins collective sustainability conversation at The Lab Gallery, Dublin

Pathways Towards Sustainability. A Collective Conversation. At the Lab.ie, Dublin. This panel discussion with Conall O’Connor, Cathy Fitzgerald, Meadhbh OConnor, Dr. Tamara Hochstrasser will map the ways in which individuals working in different fields are driving and implementing change towards a more environmentally sustainable future.