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

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

Standing up for forests, in Ireland, Nth. Ireland and Tasmania

Recent forest public protest walk at Jenkinstown Wood, Co. Kilkenny 8 June 2013, against the sale of public Irish Forests. Protest walks, talks, events were organised all over Ireland recently. . “A stunning victory for people power and public protest.” Richard Boyd Barrett (June 19, 2013), Irish politician and one of the main organisers of…Read more Standing up for forests, in Ireland, Nth. Ireland and Tasmania

Launching Greens Continuous Cover Forest policy at Irish Forestry Show, May 2013

Main points of the Irish Green Party Forestry policy (2013-16): To promote a graduated adoption to Close to Nature-Continuous Cover permanent forestry silvicultural systems and management (without clear felling), thus (i) ultimately creating permanent biodiverse forests containing trees of all ages, (ii) providing a more sustainable flow of products once the system is in place…Read more Launching Greens Continuous Cover Forest policy at Irish Forestry Show, May 2013

What does he plant who plants a tree? asks Jeremy Irons, we need permanent, non clearfell forests in Ireland

I'm just putting this post together to record what happened at Avondale a few weeks ago that has helped grow the public opposition about the proposed sale of Ireland's public forests. It was incredible to be part of roughly 4000 people, to turn up at Avondale, Co. Wicklow to take part in a public walk…Read more What does he plant who plants a tree? asks Jeremy Irons, we need permanent, non clearfell forests in Ireland

Moving toward deep sustainability: people gathering for Ireland’s forests this weekend

"Scientists may try to tell us what is at stake when we burn rainforests and fossil fuels, dump toxic wastes in air, soil, sea, and use chemical that devour our planet's protective ozone shield. But their warnings are hard to heed. For ours is an Industrial Growth Society...for if there is to be a livable…Read more Moving toward deep sustainability: people gathering for Ireland’s forests this weekend

Deep sustainability and the art and politics of forests

‘I thought again of our fundamental inversion of all relatedness, of how we nearly always ask the wrong question—What can I get from this?—and so rarely the right one—What can I give back? Even when we try to learn from others, it is from the same spirit of acquisition: What can I learn from this…Read more Deep sustainability and the art and politics of forests