Society of Irish Foresters Annual Conference 2021


The right trees in the right places for the right reasons

14 October 2021, from 9.00 to 1.30pm


Minister and 11 speakers to address national conference on tree species selection to ensure sustainable forestry and sustainable living



This year's National Forestry Conference will take place as a webinar event on Thursday, 14 October from 9.00am to 1.30pm.  The conference title is The right trees in the right places for the right reasons. It will be addressed by the Minister and 11 expert speakers.


The conference is divided into two sessions:  

1.  The right trees and the right places – an inventory of what species we have and what's best for Ireland in terms of land use, species diversity, soils and biodiversity.

2.  The right reasons – explores the role of forestry in climate change mitigation, timber processing, displacement of fossil based fuels and materials (energy, construction etc), landscape, investment.


Email for further information and booking (€30) or check website (  You can register through Eventbrite  until 1.00pm on Wednesday, 13 October 2021.


Administrative and Media Officer appointed January 2021

Woodlands of Ireland are pleased to announce that Dr. Isabella Donnelly has recently joined  us in the role of Administrative and Media Officer. With a primary degree in Environmental Science and a PhD in Willow Agronomy from UCD, Dr. Donnelly is passionate about the many benefits our woodlands provide to our eco systems and the beneficial synergies between agriculture and sustainable forestry.  

Host a Hive Initiative

In support of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan, Woodlands of Ireland and the Forest Service have joined forces with the bee organisations in Ireland to support honeybees and promote pollination services. Native Woodland Scheme (NWS) woodland owners who are in receipt of NWS premiums will receive a letter outlining how they can host a beehive in their woodlands. As bees are under threat from disease and climate-related factors, this initiative addresses bee welfare and pollination services in woodlands and surrounding crops, especially fruit and vegetables. For further details see our publications page.

Native Woodland Scheme: Woodland Environment Fund

The Forest Service, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has launched an innovative public:private initiative (PPI) whereby the corporate sector can provide additional Native Woodland Scheme top up payments to premiums paid to landowners who establish new native woodlands. Effectively this provides additional payments for ecosystem services provided through the creation of new native woodlands while companies address their Corporate and Social Respomsibility (CSR) agenda. See our publications page at for the explnatory leaflet

Native Woodlands Conference: conference report and online presentations

Arising from the very successfull Native Woodland Conference held on April 30th and May 1st, 2018 at the Glenview Hotel, Delgany, Co. Wicklow, the interactive conference report: Twenty Years A-Growing is avaialable on our Publications page (see and presentation videos and associated PDF slides are available for viewing on the website at the 'Native Woodland Conference 2018' tab on the Home Page (see There should be something there for everyone interested, especially those of you who could not make the conference. For those who did, but could not attend concurrent presentations - due to the requirement to host parallel sessions - you can access the presentations you missed. We hope you find them of interest.





Recent publication: Management Guidelines for Ireland’s Native Woodlands by John Cross and Kevin Collins

Native woodlands are among our richest and most important natural habitats, and are key to wider countryside biodiversity, water protection, landscape and heritage. They also provide diverse products for their owners, form the basis for eco-tourism enterprises, and represent an invaluable resource for local communities and school children to enjoy and to learn about their local heritage and the wider natural world.

A joint initiative between the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine, the new book provides owners and practitioners with key information on establishing and managing native woodlands as a living part of our countryside, to realise their full potential. It is co-authored by Dr John Cross and Kevin Collins, individuals with wide expertise in the area.


The publication is available from Woodlands of Ireland in hard copy upon request and may also be downloaded in PDF format from our Publications page.

Native Woodland Scheme Training

Native Woodland Training (NWS) courses are usually held once there is sufficient demand from would-be participants. Please note that Covid 19 Pandemic will have a significant influence on how and when courses may be organised.

The course is a 2-day event and covers the theory and practise of native woodland management. It includes a field excursion to a native woodland to carry out a NWS Management plan by the course participants. This allows for the accreditation of approved foresters working on the Native Woodland Scheme and is also open to ecologists, woodland contractors, landowners, relevant State agencies (i.e. NPWS, EPA, etc) and Local Authority staff (see our Native Woodland Training page for more information, and for videos of course modules and presentations).

For those who may be interested in attending future courses please contact:

Kevin Collins, Forest Service (01-6072502)
- or -
Joe Gowran (087-7428084).


A Strategy for Native Woodlands in Ireland

The Minister with responsibility for Forestry at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD, launched 'A Strategy for Native Woodlands in Ireland 2016-2020' at Ballycoyle Wood, Glencree Co. Wicklow on July 14th, 2016. The Strategy - which was compiled by Woodlands of Ireland over the past two years in partnership with native woodland stakeholders in the public and private sectors - covers a broad range of topics from the management of ancient/old/scrub woodlands, the creation of new native woodlands, woodland creation as part of climate mitigation and water quality enahancement measures, natural capital realisation and recreational native woodlands. Woodlands of Ireland and its many partners will promote the Strategy in an effort to realise the targets set for the next five years for the benefit of our native woodland resourse, the wider environment and local communities. The full text of the Strategy is available on our Publications page.