Angel of the Ash trees – Ireland’s new forests-a-growing near Hollywood

In recent weeks Ireland has lost millions of trees to Storm Darwin, 12 Feb 2014. Here Cathy Fitzgerald talks about the beginnings of Hollywood, the smallest Close-to-Nature continuous cover forest in Ireland and the nearby forest plantings it has inspired

The black space and Ash dieback news in Ireland

My experimental film ‘The black space (resilience) of the Ash night’ (2013) was recently selected for the 2013 UCD Science Expression film festival. The film was shown with others in a mobile pop-up cinema to celebrate and reflect on the natural world. It was held at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin 1-3 Nov. My thanks to…Read more The black space and Ash dieback news in Ireland

more ash night shots – fire and opera

Over the last week or so, with an unusual spell of dry weather, I've been taking more night shots of my young Ash trees. The other night, after coming home late from a meeting, when driving into our small forest I noticed our mountain was on fire.  Its the time of year that local farmers…Read more more ash night shots – fire and opera

the black space (resilience) of the ash night

.. the black space/ that creates the universe, would...'        poet Deryn Rees-Jones 2008 I've often noticed the areas in my forest that are regenerating well; 'long live the weeds and the wildness yet'* that is so much a part of a healthy forest. If I look carefully and low down its hard not to miss…Read more the black space (resilience) of the ash night

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Not being able to see the trees for the wood

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

Permanent forests: with close to nature-continuous cover forestry

[this post is for new followers of my forest transformation work - some material I have written about previously on my older ecoartnotebook.com site] While I have been concentrating a lot lately on doing written research for my thesis, my forest keeps on growing, and fast! People here may may complained over Ireland's recent cold…Read more Permanent forests: with close to nature-continuous cover forestry

Our baby Ash forest is coming up fast!

our new baby Ash forest is coming up!, originally uploaded by CathyArt. Our forest floor is now covered with tiny green seedlings, our free future forest. We are finding it hard to walk now and not squash any but they'll keep coming up next year too. From all the seedlings appearing, we know it's going…Read more Our baby Ash forest is coming up fast!