Status: In Progress

Key Projects – summary

Woodlands of Ireland addresses key tasks through the development and implementation of projects. Some of these are minor projects that are completed within one or two years. Other projects are large and may span many years. A description of ongoing and completed projects is provided.

Natural Capital Values of Native Woodlands

Woodlands of Ireland procured a report on the Natural Capital Values of Native Woodlands (see ‘Publications’). This report was undertaken by Optimize Ltd and will be used to highlight generally unseen values and lobby for further funds for the native woodland sector.

National Hedgerow Database

Woodlands of Ireland co-ordinated the development of a National Hedgerow Database in conjunction with the Hedgelaying Association of Ireland. As part of this process a publication on Hedgerow Surveying and Data Appraisal was completed early in 2013 (see ‘Publications’).

The Native Woodland Scheme (NWS)

The NWS addresses the restoration of existing native woodlands and the creation of new native woodlands. Woodlands of Ireland provide technical support to the Forest Service for the scheme.

Lichen Project

This project which commenced in 2021, examines the concept of “Ancientness” using cryptogamic botany* information to complement extant data in Irish Woodlands, and involves an experimental approach to induction training of the 2 staff members of Woodlands of Ireland, by Howard Fox and Maria Cullen. This was an ambitious undertaking to visit and collect data …

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Hedge Project

Ireland is unique both in Europe and the world in terms of density of hedges on earthen banks as concluded by Muller (2013)  http://www.wallhecke.com/ While there is state/semi-state interest in calculating the carbon store potential of the hedge habitat zones in Ireland currently due to the Climate Change Crisis, the sustainable management of the resource …

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