At a conference in Ireland in 2004, I remarked that the Irish had had enough experience of imported plant disease to last them a thousand years - the calamitous potato famine in 1845. The man from the Ministry got up and bleated nothing could be done because this would restrict trade and the World Trade…Read more ‘Uinse’ by Sarah Flynn: grieving Ireland’s madness for monocultures
Ahead of the international summit on cultural responses to 'Evolving the Forest' taking place in Dartington Hall, near Totnes, Devon, England this June, I was asked by Mark Leahy, of the Directors of the international ecoart network art.earth, to respond to some questions and discuss my work as featured art.earth artist of the month. This…Read more Art.Earth artist of the month Cathy Fitzgerald and The Hollywood Forest Story: an ongoing eco-social art practice for permanent forestry in Ireland and elsewhere
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
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
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
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.
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A lot of how I understand Close-to-Nature continuous cover forestry is from attending ProSilva Ireland forest open days here in Ireland and abroad.
I’m looking forward to this weekend’s day in Glengarrif’s forests in West Cork, led by Faith Wilson who helped do the ecological survey at Hollywood last summer and Austrian forester Georg Frank- all are welcome to attend this day.
I’m then attending the first big UK Continuous COver conference in Cumbria at the beginning of June – it’s great to see the growing interest in a new form of forest management that means such forests will never be clear-felled!
This forest field day will concentrate on forests and biodiversity. ProSilva committee member and ecologist Faith Wilson will lead the day with ProSilva Austrian forester Georg Frank.
The field day will focus on the theme of forest management and biodiversity enhancement and field day stops will be at various locations in the Glengariff Woods Nature Reserve (http://www.glengarriffnaturereserve.ie/) and the neighbouring Derrynafulla forest, also owned by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Glengarriff Woods Nature Reserve covers some 300ha, with the dominant habitats being old oak woodland and young woodland which is regenerating in areas which have been cleared of non-native conifers over the last few years. There has also been an extensive long term and on-going of clearance of Rhododendron in the Oak woodlands. The woods form one of the best examples of oceanic sessile oak woodland in Ireland, being rated at least as important as…
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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