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

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

Launching Greens Continuous Cover Forest policy at Irish Forestry Show, May 2013

Main points of the Irish Green Party Forestry policy (2013-16): To promote a graduated adoption to Close to Nature-Continuous Cover permanent forestry silvicultural systems and management (without clear felling), thus (i) ultimately creating permanent biodiverse forests containing trees of all ages, (ii) providing a more sustainable flow of products once the system is in place…Read more Launching Greens Continuous Cover Forest policy at Irish Forestry Show, May 2013

Further article on ecocide; a new legal framework to prevent fracking and other pollution

Not quite a month ago I presented a motion on one of my key terms for my PhD studies at the National Green Party Convention to help bring this new term into the political and public domains. I was asked to make a press statement afterward and I also wrote the following article for all…Read more Further article on ecocide; a new legal framework to prevent fracking and other pollution

What does he plant who plants a tree? asks Jeremy Irons, we need permanent, non clearfell forests in Ireland

I'm just putting this post together to record what happened at Avondale a few weeks ago that has helped grow the public opposition about the proposed sale of Ireland's public forests. It was incredible to be part of roughly 4000 people, to turn up at Avondale, Co. Wicklow to take part in a public walk…Read more What does he plant who plants a tree? asks Jeremy Irons, we need permanent, non clearfell forests in Ireland

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

Beginnings: transforming Irish conifer plantation to a continuous cover forest since 2008

A big part of my PhD work is documenting, making explicit, the decisions I have made in my forest-art-ecology-politics project and one leading arts-land educator has pointed out that its important to trace the origins of such projects, as they often begin well before a creative arts PhD is undertaken.