Notices

Native Woodlands Conference - deferred to Spring 2018

 

 

Woodlands of Ireland regrets to announce the deferral of the conference until next year. We will keep you informed of developments including date, location and schedule as soon as they are fixed. Thanks for your patience!

 

 

Exciting new 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 can be downloaded in PDF format from our Publications page.

Native Woodland Scheme Training

Native Woodland Training (NWS) courses are held once there is sufficient demand from would-be participants. 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 -
Declan Little (087-6685823).

Once there is sufficient demand a course will be held subsequently.

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.

Native Woodland Scheme

The Native Woodland Scheme for the current Forestry Programme 2014-2020 was formally launched in September 2015. Woodlands of Ireland worked closely with the Forest Service in revising the scheme, taking account of the experience of landowners, NWS foresters & ecologists, and contractors amongst others, over the past number of years. In addition, Woodlands of Ireland will promote the scheme with the public (primarily NPWS and Coillte) and private sectors (via the industry and individual landowners) in an effort to achieve the area targets for the scheme between now and 2020. These targets are 1,950 ha for NWS Conservation (of existing native woodlands) and 2,700 hectares for Establishment (the creation of new native woodlands) up to 2020. This represents a projected investment of c. €7.25m and €16.5m over the next six years for NWS Conservation and Establishment respectively. 

We believe the scheme is better than previous versions and are excited at the potential it has to offer in addressing the conservation of existing - and the creation of new native woodlands. Woodlands of Ireland would be grateful if you would actively promote the scheme amongst landowners in particular. If you have any queries or if potential applicants would like further information and guidance please contact the Forest Service or Woodlands of Ireland 

 

Seed Stands

Woodlands of Ireland are supporting the Forest Service in the establishment of a national catalogue of seed stands specifically for seed collections for the Native Woodland Scheme. This is to ensure a continuous supply of native tree and shrub planting stock locally and regionally throughout Ireland in future. Allowing seed collections to take place in privately-owned woodlands will contribute towards the appropriate management and expansion of the native woodland resource.

If you or anyone you know has a native/semi-natural woodland and wishes for it to be considered for inclusion in this database please contact Declan Little.