RDS Irish Forest and Woodland Awards 2024

Woodlands of Ireland sponsor “Native Woodland Conservation Award” A new category “Native Woodland Conservation Award”  has been introduced to the RDS Irish Forest and Woodland Awards for 2024. The “Native Woodland Conservation Award” aims to recognise excellence in the conservation and management of native forests and semi-natural woodlands which are regarded as ancient or long …

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Woodlands of Ireland Launch New Website on Lá Fhéile Bríde

Woodlands of Ireland are pleased to announce the launch of our new updated website at to coincide with celebrating Lá Fhéile Bríde, a native deity/saint associated with Oak (Cill Dara) and trees adjacent to sacred wells. One new aspect we are keen to promote through the website is raising awareness of the scientific value of Gaelic …

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Hedgerow Appraisal System

This Heritage Council funded 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. Best practise guidance on hedgerow surveying, data collation and appraisal

Host a Hive Initiative

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 …

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The Wilderness concept, Native Woodlands and Ireland

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 for further details. 

Native Woodland Scheme: Woodland Environment Fund

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 …

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