Recording Forest Data for the Future at Giants Grove The worlds first forest management school was founded in the University of Giessen, the Holy Roman Empire, in 1778. For the majority of those almost 250 years the basic forest management tools were the humble pencil &...

Most Irish Oak Woodland Planted by Ecoplan   In April 2022 the Central Statistics Office published details of Irelands afforestation for the first time. Covering all afforestation’s between 2007 to 2021, the report had several interesting findings. What surprised me most though was that Ecoplan Forestry Limited,...

The Incredible Carbon Storage of Giants Grove The joint Crann – Trees for Ireland and Birr Castle Giants Grove Project at Birr, Co. Offaly is the largest Redwood Forest outside of the USA. Already in its fifth year, one thousand redwoods have been established amongst native...

Forest Biodiversity at the Giants Grove   Forest Biodiversity at the Giants Grove. While sequoias are the ‘stars’ of the Giants Grove, the project is about so much more than just the Redwoods. The Giants Grove is planted and managed for biodiversity, it is an ecosystem that...

What is Ecoforestry?   Ecoforestry is a forest management practice which emphasises sustainability and forest biodiversity rather than pure financial returns. The responsible way to manage forests is through a design that minimizes interference and aims to protect the ecosystem as a whole. The focus is on...

Native Woodlands in Ireland  Centuries of clearance and over-exploitation have reduced the once extensive native woodland of Ireland to the remnants we can now see. Instances of old native woodlands in Ireland continue to be found as little isolated stands. These are mainly in regions with...

In response to the enormous amount of interest regarding the recent forestry operations in Silvergrove, Kilbarry, Co. Cork, (loosely referred to as Toon Wood) I’m delighted to take this opportunity to answer some of the genuine concerns raised, and to give some background and explanation...

Native Woodland Conservation   Forest Service finally announced the re-opening of the Native Woodland Conservation Scheme in September 2015. It was re-opened following it's long suspension during the recession when the Government lacked the funding to support it. Certainly it was long overdue.  The Native Woodland Conservation Scheme,...