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 Alex Boyd and Laura Tobin from UCD for selecting my work.
Unfortunately since I made this film in late January we have now had outbreaks of Ash Dieback disease in native Irish Ash trees. It is a very tricky situation as the fungus can be spread by the wind. See this recent Irish TV News report here It is a worry for Hollywood as much of the new regeneration are Ash trees but many of the aspects and the severity of disease remain unknown (see UK Ash dieback link below). But it is also confirmation that we need to move to mixed species forestry urgently. We also need to reconsider the trafficking of monocultures across nations too and support instead own nurseries and species. This winter I will be adding other tree species to Hollywood to increase the diversity and resilience of Hollywood.
Anyone seeing any signs of this disease are to immediately call the Irish Forest Service. Some friends with Ash trees were asking me about felling trees in advance to prevent spread to their plantations but all tree-felling needs a tree license. In the first instance, the Irish Forest service needs to be contacted if you have any concerns. Here is an information pdf issued by the Forest Service ashdiebackdisease pdf Continue reading