Become a Woodland Guardian
- The perfect green gift
- Nurturing the natural world for our children & grandchildren
- Fostering a small parcel of Ireland’s heritage land
‘One generation plants the trees, another gets the shade.’
In 2011 we planted more than 17,000 native trees – alder, ash, oak, sweet chestnut, birch, wild cherry and rowan. This new woodland will provide much-needed habitats for invertebrates, animals, birds, fungi, mosses and other flora. It’s our gift to the natural world and a legacy for future generations.
We are seeking your support to nurture this community woodland through its infancy and to protect it in perpetuity.
It costs only €50 to become a Community Woodland Guardian.
On behalf of all the flora and fauna, we will thank you by sending you:
- A Woodland Guardian Certificate
- A thank you card
- Two updates throughout the year with news and pictures of our ecovillage and woodland
Note: Stewardship of the woodland will coincide with the calendar year from January to December. This can be renewed annually.
The Big Picture
In today’s world the biggest challenge facing humanity is climate disruption. A direct cause of this is carbon pollution which is warming our planet and disrupting the delicate balance of our ecosystem on which we all depend. Acceptance of this reality is the first step in collectively making a change. There are opportunities to create a healthy, sustainable, and low carbon future for ourselves and future generations by making a global shift to a clean energy economy and by developing a collaborative approach to regenerating our natural environment.
Our job as citizens of the developed world, made rich by fossil fuel powered growth, is to minimise the impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable and embrace low carbon development. – Mary Robinson
Woodlands take years to establish themselves and become mature, and because of this we need not only to nurture this woodland through its infancy, but to protect it in perpetuity.
Your generous donation will help us to own the land outright where we continue to nurture the trees and will also support a myriad of other interlinked projects undertaken by the environmental charity Sustainable Projects Ireland here in Cloughjordan EcoVillage.
More about the trees in our woodland
Our aim in planting the woodland was to provide a wilderness area to nurture biodiversity. In the permaculture design process, we also focused on providing an amenity for those wishing to walk the forest, a site for educational opportunities regarding woodland skills and in time a practical return in terms of wood for fuel and for crafts, and fruits from fruit bearing trees and from the sub layers of the forest. We consulted with the site archaeologists before we chose the mix of trees and found that an original oak forest would have given way in the Bronze Age to alder, ash and hazel, with cherry grown for use in sweat houses because the smoke was sweeter. We already have ash and beech in the hedgerow. We have planted native varieties including alder, ash, oak, sweet chestnut, birch, wild cherry, and rowan.
In the medieval period, at the time of the moat and castle on the site, there was a far more open landscape. Alder, ash and hazel were here. Oak was present in much higher density, alongside species such as blackthorn, cherry and apple. Our margins today include blackthorn and hawthorn.
We have planted a huge number and variety of hazel and apple trees around the ecovillage. We planted some walnut and will plant some more vigorous growing walnut from grafted stock in the future. We have an apple walk with 70 heirloom varieties of Irish apples from Seedsavers in Co Clare, from which we have grafted nearly 600 trees to create an apple orchard. We are building up our stock of plum, pear and cherry trees. We have lined the paths around the ecovillage with apple trees, blackcurrants, gooseberries, raspberries and Rosa Rugosa. We have rescued semi-mature oaks from a motorway in Dublin and given them a home here on the land. We are nurturing a small grove of Scots pine with a view to creating a refuge for red squirrels. Around the homes here we’ve also planted ash, alder, blackthorn, hawthorn, downy Birch, elder and rowan, with the vision of creating wildlife corridors and biodiversity areas throughout the ecovillage.
All photos: Eoin Campbell