‘Uinse’ by Sarah Flynn: grieving Ireland’s madness for monocultures

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

The Holly and the Ivy from Hollywood

Dear Hollywood diary readers and the increasing number of visitors to Hollywood, Many thanks for your comments, interest and support for the Hollywood project over the year. They have meant such a lot for this long, meandering artful-forest work. Here's wishing you all a very merry Christmas from us all at Hollywood! PS - If…Read more The Holly and the Ivy from Hollywood

An eco eye on Ireland’s forests with Duncan Stewart

By chance, on the way to a great conference last week I happened to meet Duncan Stewart - we were both taking public transport. Duncan is perhaps one of Ireland's best known TV personalities, an award-winning architect, he hosts Ireland's only environmental programme "EcoEye". In fact, with the woeful reporting on environmental concerns in Ireland…Read more An eco eye on Ireland’s forests with Duncan Stewart

Field notes from ProSilva Open forest day at AFI – Coillte site, Rahin, Co. Kildare

ONE of Coillte’s (Ireland's semi-state forest organisation) oldest woods provided a living textbook for Close-to-Nature Continuous Cover, non clearfell forestry at Prosilva Ireland’s summer open forest day.