Close-to-Nature continuous cover forest management day and practical guide launch, near Borris, Co. Carlow

Some of you know that I am away from Ireland presently due to family reasons. As such, I'm very sorry to be missing the very first Pro Silva Ireland Close-to-Nature forestry management day in my home area. I work voluntarily with the committee of Pro Silva Ireland who are organising this event (22 April 2017), …Read more Close-to-Nature continuous cover forest management day and practical guide launch, near Borris, Co. Carlow

Visiting the Sessile Oaks of Raheen Forest, Tuamgreany, East Clare, West Ireland

I was back in the woods with my ProSilva Ireland forest family last weekend. With foresters,  ecologists, forest owners, tree-harvesters, forestry students and newcomers, we visited the beautiful broadleaf and conifer-mixed Raheen forest near Scariff in Co. Clare (West Ireland). There are remnants of wonderful ancient Sessile Oak woods there (picture above), and they, and…Read more Visiting the Sessile Oaks of Raheen Forest, Tuamgreany, East Clare, West Ireland

Cathy Davey Sings Us A New Forest

Eco-forest artist and art researcher Cathy Fitzgerald reviews Irish singer-songwriter Cathy Davey's music and videos for her New Forest (2016) album. Fitzgerald reflects how art is a powerful means and meme to engage and convey more life-sustaining eco-social understanding of the Symbiocene.

The art of Sitka spruce twigs, mud and moss: now at VISUAL Carlow

This is an update of a post I wrote on 20 August 2013. Found abandoned on the floor of Hollywood last weekend, two works of art... __________________________ Update Summer 2016: Fellow 9 Stone Artist Annabel Konig has developed a moving project about nests as a symbol for our many ideas about 'home'. The work of…Read more The art of Sitka spruce twigs, mud and moss: now at VISUAL Carlow

Why ancient tree knowledge in Ireland matters today: Blackstairs Ecotrails film and Ogham tree-teaching stone

Today, Ireland only has remnants of its ancient forests and has one of the lowest levels of tree cover in Europe. While afforestation is promoted with plantations of conifers and native trees (tree cover across Ireland is around 12%) there is value in considering how ancient forests were once regarded. Ireland was deforested over many…Read more Why ancient tree knowledge in Ireland matters today: Blackstairs Ecotrails film and Ogham tree-teaching stone

Re-imagining forests for Ireland in 2016 and beyond

I was surprised and delighted to be asked by Dr. Deirdre O'Mahony to contribute a poster to the Teagasc and Galway County Council Farming and County Life 1916-2016 event, which seeks to commemorate the 100th year of Ireland's Rising and to reflect on developments in farming and country life across Ireland over the last century.…Read more Re-imagining forests for Ireland in 2016 and beyond

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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