Hollywood forest in Carlow is a citizen scientist for soil and climate with EU GROW Observatory

Creating a 'global soil map' to show how soil, from where we were born across the Earth, connects and supports us all, with Monkeyshine Theatre at the Grow Observatory Citizen Workshop at VISUAL Carlow on 1 Dec, 2018 Update: Grow Observatory is taking part in Ireland, across two areas: the South East (Carlow, Kilkenny, South…Read more Hollywood forest in Carlow is a citizen scientist for soil and climate with EU GROW Observatory

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

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

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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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ProSilva Ireland attends first international Continuous Cover forestry conference in UK

This was the conference I attended recently in the UK – the first major Continuous Cover forestry conference! Great to see growing interest there too.

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IMG_2281 One of the many workshops held over the three days Continuous Cover forestry conference organised by CCFG in the Lake District, Cumbria UK

A number of ProSilva Ireland members recently attended the Continuous Cover forestry conference in the UK. It was a comprehensive conference with a number of field trips, covering topics on management approaches,  timber quality, biodiversity, economics, ancient woodland restoration and policy developments, with speakers from across the UK and beyond.

From Ireland, Aine ni Dhubhain from UCD presented the doctoral work of Lucie Vitkova – the first results of Continuous Cover forestry in Ireland and explained results from the COFORD Low Impact Sivilculture System project, in which ProSilva Ireland has contributed and co-managed.

There was also a welcoming statement from Prince Charles endorsing this type of forestry and wishing this event well. His head forester was in attendance too. A guest speaker also talked about Osprey settling…

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Upcoming ProSilva Ireland field day at Glengarrif, West Cork on Saturday 17 May 2014

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!

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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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