Ecological forestry at Leinster house

Continuous Cover Forestry consultant Paddy Purser and Chair of Pro Silva Ireland, Liam Byrne before presenting a statement to Joint Committee on Climate Action at the Oireachtas, Dublin on behalf of Pro Silva Ireland. 11 December 2019. Photo: Cathy Fitzgerald. Many of you familiar with my work to transform Hollywood from a monoculture Sitka spruce…Read more Ecological forestry at Leinster house

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

‘Lines of flight’ from the Hollywood project

Cathy Fitzgerald reflects on other close-to-nature, non clearfell forests being inspired by the Hollywood ecoart project, with Nicola Brown and Fritz Ringal, under the Blackstairs Mountains, Ireland.

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

Hollywood even gets Christmas presents now!

At a recent ProSilva forest day I ran into a forest friend  Jonathan Spazzi, an Irish based Italian born forester who is also a mycologist (a fungi expert). I had attended Jonathan's fungi foraging workshop organised by Blackstairs ecotrails about two years ago and was surprised at the variety growing in woods in the area.…Read more Hollywood even gets Christmas presents now!

Tree-Marking skills and software to help us work better for forests

Last week I was excited to take part in the first tree-marking training days for the COFORD (Council for Forest Research and Development, Ireland) Low Impact Silvicultural Systems (LISS) project in Ireland. Hollywood is one of the forests on the database, along with other plantation sites across Ireland that are being transformed, in various degrees,…Read more Tree-Marking skills and software to help us work better for forests

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.