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
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
Elm timber from the Blackstairs, Co. Carlow turned into bespoke doors for Hollywood, by master woodworker Albert Fogarty.
Our small two and half acre tree plantation, consisting mostly of 23 year old conifers (Sitka Spruce) and some native trees, Alder and some Ash, was thinned in January 2009. The plantation had never been thinned before. Following our Close-to-nature-Continuous Cover forestry management plan, we marked (see the article link below) and then removed roughly…Read more Not being able to see the trees for the wood
This post is a bit overdue but it was an important step in the recent thinning of our wood, in the process of converting it to a mixed species, permanent forest. As we decided to remove about 30% of our 24yr trees in our woodland, this meant that from our 2.5 acres 250 trees werefelled!…Read more Lightfoot Iron and Trojan horses – doing the hard work in a forest