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.

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

A truly historic week for forests in Ireland

2015-10-02 at 12-52-05It’s been a great couple of days for our forests across Ireland.

Yesterday 19 June 2013, the Irish government abandoned its plans to sell the harvesting rights of our public forests and today Northern Ireland has more protection for its woodlands and forests.

There is of course so much more to do, with how we manage, and develop permanent forests for the future but for the many thousands who signed petitions (over 48 000+ online), the thousands that came out on protests walks in our forests, the many groups, forest NGOs and politicians who raised their voices, well done all!

Woodland Matters

Whilst all the headlines this week have been dominated by the meeting of World Leaders at the G8 in Enniskillen, a truly momentous change has happened in Northern Ireland, restoring much-needed protection to the Province’s unique woodland heritage. On 17 June, Felling Licences were re-introduced for the first time in almost 45 years, following a very long campaign by the Woodland Trust and our members in Northern Ireland.

In the late 1960s, a decision was made in Northern Ireland to abandon the need for felling licences, leading to five decades where communities were powerless to prevent destruction to the trees and woods they loved. Over this period Northern Ireland lost 13% of woodlands that were in existence in 1830.  In many cases,  hundreds of trees were felled across land that then lay dormant, creating a double injury. The decision to scrap proper legal protection for woods is even more disgraceful…

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Kilkenny Jenkinstown woodland walk – our forests are not for sale

I was delighted to be asked to FutureProof Kilkenny's Woodland walk last Sunday at Coillte Jenkinstown woodland (walks had been organised all across Ireland to keep the pressure on the Government not to sell Irish public forest harvesting rights). I said a few words about Green Forest policy but really the day was about the…Read more Kilkenny Jenkinstown woodland walk – our forests are not for sale

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

Smallest forest in Ireland inspected for new COFORD Low Impact Silviculture Systems (LISS) survey

Not quite a year ago I was putting up a notice online for ProSilva Ireland's website (I help look after their online communications) about Ireland's forest research organisation COFORD. COFORD was asking public and private landowners who were managing their forests using Close-to-Nature methods (this term is more recognised in Europe but it gives an…Read more Smallest forest in Ireland inspected for new COFORD Low Impact Silviculture Systems (LISS) survey