Native Woodland Conservation Scheme: 2023-2027


The Native Woodland Conservation Scheme promotes the appropriate restoration of existing native woodland, through the provision of financial support to forest owners towards the cost of appropriate works. The Native Woodland Conservation Scheme: 2023-2027 was launched by Minster Pippa Hackett on Monday 12th February 2024. The NWC scheme takes over from the Native Woodland Conservation […]

Native Woodlands of County Donegal Book Launch


A new book by Seán Ó Gaoithín is launched today titled “Coillte Dúchasacha Chontae Dhún na nGall” or “Native Woodlands of County Donegal”. The book addresses Ireland’s native woodland history focusing on County Donegal, its placenames, native tree species and native woodland locations across the county. Read the back cover synopsis on this rich addition […]

Woodlands of Ireland invited to join Forestry Strategy Consultative Committee


Woodlands of Ireland CEO Joe Gowran has been invited to join the Forestry Strategy Consultative Committee (FSCC). Minister of State Pippa Hackett has invited a broad range of relevant stakeholders to ensure a successful outcome for the Forest Strategy Implementation Plan and the Forestry Programme 2023-2027. The purpose of the FSCC will be to: Act as […]

Native Tree Seed Collection Webinars


Woodlands of Ireland (WoI) in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine ran some webinars on the topic of Native Irish Tree Seed Collection in 2021. The webinars arose out of discussions from the Woodlands of Ireland Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) […]

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 […]

Executive Assistant appointed June 2023


Woodlands of Ireland are pleased to announce that Trevor Seery has recently joined us in the role of Executive Assistant. With a BSc in Environmental Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Marketing, Trevor is excited to combine his passion for native woodlands with his marketing experience to help improve public awareness of the work […]

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 […]

Hedgerow Appraisal System


Hedgerow networks are perhaps the most characteristic feature of the Irish landscape and give character to an area, providing aesthetic appeal and creating a sense of place. They define agricultural and other lands and knit the landscape into a patchwork quilt. They also provide valuable refuges for biodiversity in a landscape dominated by large tracts […]

Society of Irish Foresters Annual Conference 2021


ANNUAL FORESTRY CONFERENCE WEBINAR The right trees in the right places for the right reasons 14 October 2021, from 9.00 to 1.30pm   Minister and 11 speakers to address national conference on tree species selection to ensure sustainable forestry and sustainable living     This year's National Forestry Conference will take place as a webinar […]

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. 

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