Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, work in the woods has been suspended for the moment. In the meantime, the extensive planting that was carried out in early 2019 continues to thrive. Thanks to a surge in interest in planting trees as a nature-based solution to assist in combating climate change, we received some welcome donations and help from a number of volunteers. As a result, 1000’s of new saplings were planted into the old woodland to replace loss and damage caused by several bad storms in the recent past. All trees planted were native species – the mix was 60% Oak with 40% other species including Holly, Birch, Hazel, Rowan, Hawthorn, Scots Pine and Crab Apple. Further work by volunteers throughout the summer gave the saplings a good start by reducing the impact of competing vegetation particularly bracken and briars. This was trampled and reduced on a regular basis which resulted in much improved growing conditions for the saplings and a 99.9% survival rate to date. Considering the situation that we are in now, it is especially fortunate that this work was carried last year and that the trees can continue to grow with minimal human intervention or help this year.
We would like to thank the following for their donations, support and hard physical labour – Solamh Kelly, Barbara Merling, Maria Hingerty, Mary Quinlan, Frances Walsh, Olive Finn and Twig Refill, Clonakilty, Wild Design Cork & Killarney, BAM construction, Johnson Controls, Brookfield Renewables, Co-Orch Orchestra, Choral con-fusion, Dell EMC.