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

Cathy Davey Sings Us A New Forest

Eco-forest artist and art researcher Cathy Fitzgerald reviews Irish singer-songwriter Cathy Davey's music and videos for her New Forest (2016) album. Fitzgerald reflects how art is a powerful means and meme to engage and convey more life-sustaining eco-social understanding of the Symbiocene.

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.

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

small acts of rebellion: whittling wood, forest art and deep sustainability

I'm delighted to have been asked to talk at TheGallery in Bournemouth on Valentines Day, 14 Feg 2013. I will be providing a conversation about issues concerning land management and the place that forests and trees have in our society in response to an ongoing solo exhibition of UK artist, Jane Wilbraham's sycamore sculptural works…Read more small acts of rebellion: whittling wood, forest art and deep sustainability

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

wood shed

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