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.
The Scheme is aimed at all Public Bodies, including:
- Government Departments and State Sponsored Organisations
- Higher Education Authorities and
- Local Authorities.
Further details on the Woodland Creation on Public Lands Scheme can be found at https://www.agriculture.gov.ie/forestservice/grantsandpremiumschemes2014-2020/
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.
Woodlands of Ireland have addressed the Wilderness concept and how it may apply in Ireland, with particular reference to native woodlands. It is a starting point to stimulate debate on this very current and topical issue. See our Publications page http://www.woodlandsofireland.com/publications for further details.
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 www.woodlandsofireland.com/publications for the explnatory leaflet
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 http://www.woodlandsofireland.com/publications) 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 http://www.woodlandsofireland.com/native-woodland-conference-2018). 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.
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 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).
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.
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