Publications available…….. and a must for anyone working with native woodlands:

Title Description How to get a copy
Native Woodland Information Notes
In support of the Native Woodland Scheme
Various authors. Edited by Declan Little

The first seven in a series of technical bulletins focused on the establishment and management of native woodlands. These come in an attractive A4 ring binder folder and are available free of charge. Subsequent notes - which will be published on an ongoing basis - will be automatically posted to those already in receipt of a folder. (Note No. 4 on 'Riparian Woodland, identification, design, establishment and management' was updated and reprinted in January 2017 - download the pdf here on the Publications page for further details).

To get your ring binder and notes, please contact us

Deer and Forestry in Ireland

This report was commissioned by Woodlands of Ireland to advance the development of a National Deer Management Strategy. 

Realising Quality Wood from Ireland’s Native Woodlands
Silvicultural Guidelines for Wood Production in the Context of the Native Woodland Scheme, 2005

This publication provides guidance to practitioners and landowners on how to achieve quality wood whilst maintaining and enhancing woodland biodiversity. It addresses the overriding objective of the Native Woodland Scheme (NWS) which is biodiversity maintenance and enhancement.

- The report assesses six of our native trees including sessile and pedunculate oak, ash, birch, alder and hazel using the NWS management framework document and providing economic projections over the rotations involved.

- The management plans, schedule of operations, costs and revenues over the silvicultural cycles involved are on an accompanying CD-ROM inserted into the back cover of the publication

There is no charge for providing this publication though a nominal voluntary contribution to cover production, printing, postage and packaging would be greatly appreciated.

If you wish to obtain a CD-ROM and are making a voluntary contribution please send a cheque or postal order made out to ‘Woodlands of Ireland’ to: Declan Little

Hedgerow Appraisal System

This publication outlines an agreed hedgerow survey methodology and data appraisal system. Future hedgerow surveys will be encouraged to adopt the survey methodology and data assessment outlined in order to produce consistent and reproducible datasets.

Natural Capital Values of Native Woodlands

In 2012, Woodlands of Ireland commissioned a report on the natural capital value of Ireland's native woodlands. The task of compiling this report was undertaken by Optimize Ltd and was completed in late 2013 after editing. Subsequently, an abbreviated version of the report with key findings and recommendations was produced and designed to make it more attractive for the reader. The full and abbreviated reports on the natural capital value of native woodland are available here.

Landscaping with Native Species

A recently developed website on landscaping with native species targeted at local authorities, landscape designers, schools and the general public.

A Strategy for Native Woodlands in Ireland 2016-2020

A 5-year vision for our native woodlands in Ireland developed by Woodlands of Ireland in partnership with native woodland stakeholders. Woodlands of Ireland urges all stakeholders to promote the targets outlined in this Strategy for the benefit of our native woodland and society. 

Management Guidelines for Ireland’s Native Woodlands
John Cross & Kevin Collins

 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. Also available in hard copy upon request.

Twenty Years A-Growing
The 2018 Native Woodland Conference Report

The second National Native Woodland conference was hosted by Woodlands of Ireland on April 30th and May 1st, 2018. The conference report details all aspects of the conference, including the interactive presentations (videos, slides and abstracts), conclusions and Key Performance Indicators.

Woodland Environmental Fund
In support of the Native Woodland Scheme

An exciting initiative where the corporate sector provide additional funding to the Native Woodland Scheme in recognition of the multitude of ecosystem services provided by the establishment of new native woodlands.

The Wilderness concept, Native Woodlands and Ireland
How the concept might be applied with reference to the mission of Woodlands of Ireland

The Wildeness concept is currently very topical internationally and a number of stakeholders have asked how this might apply in Ireland. In 2017, Woodlands of Ireland was asked by Colm Massey, Chair, Solidarity Economy Association, if it was possible to outline how Wilderness would apply within the context of native woodlands in particular. The Steering Committee agreed to this and provided valuable input to this process with the Project Manager over the past year or so. 

Host a Hive Initiative
In support of the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

The press release of the Host a Hive Initiative with details of how Native Woodland Scheme woodland owners can link with beekeepers to host a beehive on their property.

Woodlands of Ireland Audited Accounts
Annual Accounts

Audited Accounts

Ireland’s Native Woodland: Conference Proceedings

Galway, 8th – 11th September, 2004

Abstracts available free as a pdf here on the Publications page. Full presentations on CD-ROM are available from Woodlands of Ireland at €10 each.

The CD-ROM contains 30 presentations, inclusive of tables and figures, under the following themes;

Theme 1: The Background to Native Woodland Development in Ireland
Theme 2: The Ecology and Current Status of Ireland’s Native Woodlands
Theme 3: Legal Framework and Policy Development
Theme 4: Current Initiatives in the Development of Ireland’s Native Woodlands
Theme 5: The Future of Ireland’s Native Woodlands

Our Trees
A Guide to Growing Ireland’s Trees and Shrubs in celebration of a new Millennium

As part of the People’s Millennium Forests project, this publication, which is targeted at all stakeholders, was produced by the project. A very popular publication, it provides general information on our native trees and shrubs and in particular, guidance on growing them from seed and cuttings.

This book was published by the People's Millennium Forests Project

Our trees (PDF)

Printed copies are available from the Tree Council of Ireland