We are a registered skill-sharing charity founded to create a
commemorative woodland dedicated to Éire and the Irish Diaspora;
and to protect forests from invasive species:
1. Creating Woodlands
We’re buying land now for a new native woodland to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Great Famine for 2045. All donors will be offered a 21-year licensed plot alongside the symbolic title of Caomhnóir na Coille Móire (Guardian of the Great Wood).
2. Protecting Woodlands
We’ve developed a non-mechanised approach to remove Cherry Laurel from our forests. We have turned this pervasive invasive shrub into a new FREE BIOFUEL. Our methodology is open-source; we hold regular training days to empower communities to save their local woodland.
If these sound like worthy objectives, please consider making a donation! We’re 100% volunteer-run and all donations will be used to purchase land.
Why was this project created?
- By 1700 Ireland was deforested and has since experienced ecological collapse.
- The Irish Government have continually missed afforestation targets while farmers have been incentivised to destroy farm habitats, such as hedgerows and field margins.
- Irish forestry relies heavily on non-native conifer plantations on unsuitable peatland: 70% of Irish forests are American pine, providing no functional biodiversity.
- Ash Trees are being wiped out by the fungal Ash Dieback Disease and our existing native woodlands are being decimated by invasive species like Cherry Laurel.
This Project is a platform for People-Powered Reforestation, and we welcome your ideas and passion.
Some worrying figures:
Only 2% of Ireland is Native Woodland: The island was deforested by 1900 and still has the lowest native forestry cover in Europe today.
70% of Irish forestry is in non-native monoculture plantations that provide no functional habitat for native species.
Ireland’s internationally important habitats have emergency status. The vast majority of our Special Areas of Conservation have NO conservation plans.
40% of Irish forests are on decomposing peatland which emits more Carbon than the trees sequester.
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