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Forest Friends Ireland receive grant funding from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment through the Irish Environmental Network (IEN). The IEN supports and coordinates individual organisations like Forest Friends Ireland who are all engaged in protecting and enhancing the environment through their various projects and educational activities.

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Drumcondra Tree Huggers

Donna Cooney joined by a family of  tree huggers from Drumcondra getting some practice in for Friday's  competition ...


Forest Friends Ireland are holding a "tree hugging" event at the Arts and Business Campus, Drumcondra, on Culture night 22nd. September 2017 between 6 and 10 pm,  in remembrance of the very first tree huggers, The Chipkos.

The word Chipko, is a Hindi word meaning "hugging", is used to describe a movement whereby  local village women literally "hugged" trees, interposing their bodies between the trees and the loggers to prevent them being cut down. It has come to describe an important historical event in the fight to secure women's rights, in the process of local community development through forest and environmental protection.

Khejarli or Khejadli is a village in Jodhpur district of Rajasthan, India, 26 kilometres (16 miles) south-east of the city of Jodhpur. The name of the town is derived from Khejri (Prosopis cineraria) trees that were once abundant in the village. In this village 363 Bishnois sacrificed their lives in 1731 AD while protecting green Khejri that are considered sacred by the community. The incident was a forebear of the 20th-century Chipko Movement.

In September 1731, a royal party led by Giridhar Bhandari, a minister of the maharajah of Marwar, arrived at the village with the intention of felling some Khejri trees that were sacred to the villagers. The trees were to be used in the construction of a new palace. A local woman called Amrita Devi Bishnoi protested against the tree-felling because such acts were prohibited by the Bishnoi's religion.   She and her three daughters (Asu, Ratni and Bhagu) were then killed by the party. News of the deaths spread and summons to a meeting were sent to 83 Bishnoi villages. Villagers of all ages began hugging the trees that were intended to be cut and were killed. The development shocked the tree-felling party. The group left for Jodhpur with their mission unfulfilled and the Maharaja Abhai Singh of Marwar subsequently ordered that no more trees should be felled. 363 Bishnois laid down their lives for their trees.

The Chipko Movement spread from one end of the Himalayas in Kashmir to the other in Arunachal Pradesh, with the aim of affecting the Government's forest policy by insisting on maintenance of the traditional status quo in the Himalayan and other forest regions of India.  It was based on Gandhian peaceful methods.



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TREE-HUGGER ...


TreeHugger


Tree Hugging Competition with music and song-open to all.

The objective is to find the best tree hugger :-)


First Prize: €50

Second Prize: €30

Third Prize: €20

Certificates will be issued to all participants with the name of the participant on Forest Friends headed paper and the title Forest Friends Tree hugging Competition 2017.


Join the tree-huggers at 40 Lower Drumcondra Road Drumcondra Dublin Dublin Dublin 13 Ireland 

- September 22nd 2017 - 8.00 to 10.00-

Further information from


Forest Friends Ireland is Ireland's premier tree organisation in the Republic of Irelandwww.forestfriends.ie www.facebook.com/forestfriendsireland Forest Friends welcome volunteers to help with their biodiversity tree projects

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1916 Leader Tom Clarke House Dublin

This is the photo of our heritage week event. These were the people who attended the heritage walk. The photo is taken at the house of Tom Clarke who was one of the leaders of the 1916 Rising.

His house is one of only two remaining of the houses of the leaders. In the photo the man in the blue t-shirt is reading the 1916 Proclamation.

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EdibleWildFlowers


A great resource from Colin at basisgear.com describing 62 varieties of edible wild plants and berries. Some might surprise you - Japanese Knotweed !

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Viewer Warning ...

The video below has some imagery of deformity resulting from the of the use of the herbicide "agent orange" which some viewers may find disturbing.


FFI Forest Fix

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Biodiversity Week 2017 Report


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FFI Newsletter 27 May 2017 Download


CROSS BORDER PEACE FOREST



Tynan Village – Co. Armagh border village
Jonathan Ellis Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Parks Manager and staff, John Haughton Peace Forest Ireland, Councillor Freda Donnelly (DUP), Councillor Sam Nicholson (UUP). 

Update April 24th 2017

The Peace Forest Ireland Project involves the creation of a peace forest stretching all along the border counties north and south Ireland. It involves bringing communities together to better understand the cultural diversity and biodiversity of the various communities.



Today work on the tree planting is progressing with the welcome participation of the localcommunity. Our photographs show Rev. Matthew Hagan who is Chairperson of the Tynan Development Committee, along with residents, pupils and staff of St. Josephs Primary School and Churchill Primary School Caledon and the supporting expertise of Jonathan Ellis, Armagh Banbridge Craigavon parks manager.










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Irish Woodland

Peace Forest Ireland Project 2017 - Update


MARCH 6

Today the first 1000 trees (of a total planting of 2,000) will be planted at the old Forkhill Barracks Forkhill following a reception to launch the project at 11.30am. These trees are sponsored by the Woodland Trust Northern Ireland.

Old Forkhill is a former British military installation that is in the process of being converted for community use.

Enquiries: Darren Rice E - darren.rice@nmandd.org| T - 028 308 28592 | M - 07713 089225 Landscape Partnership Manager

The organisers of this tree planting event are

Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership Scheme 

Comhairle an Iúir agus Mhúrn

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

Crossmaglen Community Centre,

O’Fiaich Square 

Crossmaglen,

BT35 9HG


MARCH 9th and Friday 10th

Rebel Hill Castle Lake Forest Demesne, Bailieborough, Cavan Co. Cavan, Ireland.

2,000 trees sponsored by Coillte will be planted consisting of 1,000 Oak, 500 Larch, 200 Scots Pine, 200 Hazel and 100 Holly. They will be planted on a 1.3ha plot.

Planting organised by the Bailileborough Development Association will start at 12noon on Thursday 9th and finish at 6pm on Friday 10th (Finishing at 6 p.m. both evenings).

Check here on Google Maps ...

Enquiries: Lee Mc Donnell 086-794-9739

lee@bailieborough.com

bda@bailieborough.com


The Peace Forest Ireland Project 2017 contains two modules, the planting of 2,000 peace trees in the Castle Lake Demesne Bailiebourough, Co. Cavan and the planting of 2,000peace trees in Armagh Banbridge Craigavon, giving a total of 4,000 trees to be planted in remembrance of all those who lost their lives in the Northern Ireland conflict. 

The trees for the former are being sponsored by Coillte and in the case of the latter, the Woodland Trust Northern Ireland.

The Peace Forest Ireland Project is envisaged as one of strengthening the Peace process and the principles based on the Good Friday Agreement. The project was launched in Derry/Londonderry in May 2014 and pilot tree plantings have taken place in each of the border counties since then. 

The idea is to continue various modules of the project on suitable sites, in different border counties over the widest time span.



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National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021

Forest Friends Ireland welcomes the document entitled “National Biodiversity Action Plan 2017-2021, which goes under the above title and notes its contents which have a bearing on forestry biodiversity.

While we find it useful as a referencing document which could lead to a comprehensive scoping report, we do not see it in its present form as a plan in the case of the biodiversity of Forestry in Ireland.  However there are certain parameters which together with others not identified within which a plan could evolve. We find that the document is unnecessarily repetitive, utilising at times excessive jargon and tends to be aspirational rather than task based.

With regard to Forestry a biodiversity plan should set out a number of possible approaches optimising biodiversity and should address all the parameter, however briefly, or in summary, including the following. 

Our submission identifies issues which we feel a biodiversity plan should deal with comprehensively.

You can view the full text here ....

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Non-Statutory Public Consultation Process


Forest Friends Ireland submission


The four Dublin Local Authorities have produced a draft strategy document setting out their intention to work together to develop individual yet collaborative climate change action plans, one for each local authority area.

Forest Friends Ireland have submitted their views on this strategy as part of the public consultation process. This report, written by John Haughton, Hon. President, recommends action on the following topics :

THE AARHUS CONVENTION
ECO VILLAGES
WATER: Taps in public places
NEW BUILD
LIGHTING
SOLAR PANELS
WIND POWER
CYCLING
FOOD PRODUCTION And FOOD SOVEREIGNTY
ALLOTMENTS
DIET
GARDENING COURSES
COOPERATIVES
PROMOTING BIODIVERSITY
BEEKEEPING
ORGANIC GARDENING INNOVATIONS
TRANSPORT
TELECONFERENCING
THE ROLE OF TREES


You can read the full report here


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GET YOUR GARDEN IN SHAPE FOR SUMMER
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FFI Gardening

Forest Friends can now get your garden ready for summer -  plants, herbs, flowers and more. 
You can find us in front of the 
Art of Business Campus, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road
everyday between 1pm and 2pm. 

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Peace Forest Ireland Project


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The Peace Forest Ireland Project involves the creation of a peace forest stretching all along the border counties north and south Ireland. It involves bringing communities together to better understand the cultural diversity and biodiversity of the various communities.

The project also envisages the creation of a  Centre of Forest Biodiversity, based on best practice in Horticulture  Silva culture and Permaculture; a centre for environmental education, incorporating visitor centre, existing natural woodlands, new tree planting, using 100% native species, commemorative trees, woodcrafts, maximising community involvement; Ogham groves based on the Celtic tree alphabet; tree nursery. The centre envisaged will be held in trust in perpetuity for community benefit.

This Woodland Cross-border Peace Project with Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland will promote forest skills, a culture of trees and forests, capacity building and community development.  The project is not designed to interfere with the structures and practice of farming as existing but to be complementary to them. It is intended to enhance rather than damage local landscapes.

To assist the design of the project and its planning the elements incorporated in the Auroville Peace Centre in Tamil Nadu India will be examined. The 2016  module of the Peace Forest Project involves the planting of 4,000 commemorative peace trees  in memory of all those who lost their lives in the Northern Ireland conflict- This will be done by a process of  liaising with all groups in the border counties in order to involve them in the project.

To assist the process of planning and development of this module of the peace forest, advertising will be placed in the local newspapers in each Border County explaining what are envisaged and inviting ideas, and promoting involvement and support. Partnerships will be encouraged to assist all aspects and stages of the peace forest project, and to assist in the sourcing of suitable sites.

The overall project is ongoing in short, medium and long terms. The potential of the project is very significant in terms of climate change. The Tree Council or Ireland has donated five hundred trees, and the Woodland Trust Northern Ireland is making 2,000 trees available.


FFI Shopping !

Mannon has assembled a great selection of video illustrating Forest Friends Ireland activities and also giving you an opportunity to support our activities by getting some nice stuff ...   

FFI Shopping



Thank you for supporting Forest Friends Ireland.


Non-Statutory Public Consultation Process - FFI submission

Posted by admin on 10/17/16, 16:01:44

Non-Statutory Public Consultation Process:

A Draft Strategy Towards Climate Change Action Plans for the Dublin Local Authorities

Report prepared by John Haughton Hon. President, Forest Friends Ireland on behalf of Forest Friends Ireland/Cáirde na Coille.

Herewith is Forest Friends Ireland’s submission for this public consultation:  The topics are not dealt with in order of priority:

THE AARHUS CONVENTION: Ireland ratified the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, commonly referred to as the Aarhus Convention, on 20th June 2012. It is essential that the councils set up structures required to implement this convention in their areas of responsibility. This would involve making comprehensive directories of all community associations environmental organisations, charities business and other organisations, and involving then as stakeholders in decision making processes, using principles of empowerment, constructive involvement, and subsidiary function.

ECO VILLAGES: It should be an objective to develop eco village models based on self sufficiency  food sovereignty and carbon neutral energy systems such as those modelled on Tesla’s principles Link http://uk.businessinsider.com/self-sufficient-village-regen-2016-9?utm_content=buffera0ea8&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer-ti?r=US&IR=T

WATER: Taps in public places should activate when hands are placed under them. These would be part of the design of new build. Manually operated taps should be phased out with specific timescales of existing buildings.

NEW BUILD:

  1. Carbon neutral buildings should be advocated and where public agencies are involved they should be the norm. Standards of insulation of new build should be raised to their maximum.
  2.  Promote the use of low carbon cements. Links http://www.forbes.com/sites/jenniferhicks/2014/06/23/green-cement-to-help-reduce-carbon-emissions/#2aba7bb5b93a  http://www.engineersjournal.ie/2015/08/11/low-carbon-cement-role-sustainable-construction/

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/dec/31/cement-carbon-emissions

 

  1. Re-introduce hemp production and integrate use of hemp in the building industry. Hemp is proven to be of great importance for many reasons including the speed of its growth to maturity, its durability, load carrying capacity, insulation values and fire resistance qualities. Link: https://www.facebook.com/NowThisWeed/videos/994430260639439/?pnref=story

LIGHTING: It should be the norm that lights become operational when one is entering a room and extinguish on exiting except where the interests of public safety suggest otherwise.

SOLAR PANELS: All new buildings should have solar panels on the south or west racing side of the buildings. These should be part of the design. Grants should be available for these.

WIND POWER:  Grants should be made available for micro wind energy installations which are proven and meet approved standards. Link: https://www.facebook.com/arbre.a.vent/

RETROFITTING: Comprehensive surveys of all buildings free of charge should be available to all owners. Grants attractive to ensure a very high level of take-up should be available. Each local authority should take responsibility for its own area.  An inspectorial and advisory facility should be part of this initiative.

CYCLING: where possible footpaths should be redesigned so that cyclists can share their use. During rush hours morning and evening cycling should be legal on footpaths. Plans should be prepared for extensive contra flow cycle lanes where practicable.

FOOD PRODUCTION-GROW YOUR OWN VEGETABLES- AND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY:

FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: effort should be made to support local food systems and to improve connections between producers and consumers. Local authorities should establish municipal agricultural cooperatives to encourage facilitate and support urban food production. These could provide agricultural extension services, assist with access to land and materials and purchase at a guaranteed price to sell directly to consumers.

ALLOTMENTS:

 The development of allotments should be further promoted in suitable locations. Grants should be made available for community horticultural projects and projects at the individual household level which meet certain standards and scale.

DIET: Vegetarian and Vegan diets can contribute significantly to carbon and methane reduction. Promote where possible or at least disseminate information on factual aspects of these diets. 

GARDENING COURSES:  The local authorities should promote develop and subsidise programs for, offer support to existing community gardens and encourage and facilitate the formation of new ones. 

COOOPERATIVES: the establishment of cooperatives should be facilitated as part of an agreed program to achieve objectives outlined in the program. 

PROMOTING BIODIVERSITY: Grants should be made available to local community and environmental organisations for projects which contain trees and shrubs and other perennial plants which promote a high level of biodiversity. Plants which help the pollinators should be a priority.

BEEKEEPING: Courses in beekeeping should be facilitated and subsidised to encourage residents to be informed as to their potential for them and avail of their usefulness.

ORGANIC GARDENING INNOVATIONS: STANDARDS:  The use of pesticides and herbicides in parks and public areas should be discontinued. Instead an organic approach should prevail. Those which damage the pollinators, such as neonicotinoids and those which are carcinogenic, persistent and damage the immune system should not be used. Glyphosate and in its popular presentation ‘roundup’ should be discontinued as independent research has shown it to be carcinogenic. LINKS http://reset.me/story/mit-scientist-uncovers-link-between-glyphosate-gmos-and-the-autism-epidemic/

https://www.facebook.com/NowThisNews/videos/1079270152163108/

 

TRANSPORT:

  1. THE JOURNEY TO WORK: It should be an objective to change the modal split in favour of public transport using specific targets, e.g. 60% public transport, 40% private, with timescales to achieve the required levels.
  2.  REDUCING TRAFFIC FLOWS GENERALLY: Various methods should be employed to reduce traffic flows, including teleworking, working from home, for example one day per week, even/odd car numbers having access to the city centre, job sharing, car pooling.
  3. VEHICULAR POWER SOURCE: sources of vehicular fuel should be actively promoted in specific schemes which support way of limiting the prevalence of the internal combustion engine.

TELECONFERENCING: The technology is now available for teleconferencing. Funding should be made available for equipment to be installed to make this possible and reduce the need for physical presence at meetings. Applications could be assessed on a case by case basis.

TREES: THE ROLE OF TREES: there should be specific targets to increase tree cover in each local authority area, for example increase from 7% to 20% to achieve what already exists in some European cities. A mature tree can store up to a ton of carbon. PROMOTING TREES SHRUBS FOR DOMESTIC USE: The local authorities should make trees of appropriate scale available for individual domestic use either at no cost or minimum cost to ensure a high level of take-up, e.g. apple or pear trees, currants, gooseberry, raspberry, guilder Rose, Rowan, Silver birch.

JOB CREATION INNOVATION ENTREPRENEURSHIP There is an opportunity now for job creation and innovation in areas which may have been on the back burner for some time. The conceptual framework envisaged in this document is based for some categories on empowerment and constructive involvement of sectors of society which have been marginalised  without the tools and skills to form SMES in their local communities where they are seen as workers rather than innovators. In terms of upskilling there has been limited successes and the best that has been done for senior citizens who have so much skill and experience is often a ‘men’s shed’.

Surely they have so much more to offer to society. An innovative approach would appear to be possible in the area of horticulture and gardening/landscaping which appear to have taken a big hit in the recession. Here the industry and the communities could create innovative SMES developed on a cooperative basis.

NEW STRUCTURES NEEDED: New structures would be needed with the different local authorities working together as a team rather than specialising in their traditional ‘separatednesses’. Crossover operations are called for.

NEEDED FOR A MASTER PLAN AND SPECIFIC BUDGET: A Master plan should be made and a separate budget created for the implementation of the programs envisaged.

GENERAL COMMENTS:

  • The emerging plan should not be aspirational but contain specific targets, target projects take-up and completion times/targets for projects
  • The involvement of the public in the program should be vigorously promoted by an agency specially created for that purpose, with responsibility for the dissemination of information and maximising participation and take-ups 
  • The program should be monitored over time with annual reports on progress made. 
  • Partnerships should be created designed  to achieve objectives, e.g. teleconferencing.
  • There should be costings, grant aid where necessary  , and timescales. The appropriate agencies best placed  to achieve objectives should be identified   
  • There should be a shared promotional and facilitating agency sufficiently resourced to ensure the success of the initiatives identified.
  •  Establishment of cooperatives to achieve specific objectives agreed in the program

Where necessary bye-laws should be introduced in order to achieve objectives of the program.

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Forest Friends Ireland Biodiversity Week Events May 2016

Posted by admin on 05/17/16, 16:24:31
Monday 16:
Holy Cross College. Clonliffe Road Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
Tree identification with Forest Friends and biodiversity walk along the Tolka River
Meeting point: 11 am at the main gate.

Tuesday 17:
Open day at the Forest Friends Biodiversity/Healing garden at the rear of number 400 North Circular Road, Dublin: 1pm - 4 pm.
Entrance at the side - signposted.

Wednesday 18:
Biodiversity walk in the Dublin city Council Griffith Park Drumcondra, Dublin.
The walk will be conducted by a representative of Dublin City Council Parks. Meeting point: 11am at the main entrance.

Thursday 19:
Biodiversity walk at Blessington Street Basin, Blessington Street, Dublin.
The walk will be conducted by a representative of Dublin City Council Parks. Meeting point: 11 am at the main entrance.

Friday 20:
Vegetable plant workshop at the Forest Friends organic garden situated in the car park at the rear of the Arts and Business Campus 40 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin. 1pm-4pm.

These events are free and wheelchair friendly but places are limited. To book a place please contact: forestfriends.ie@gmail.com  or phone 0876198265.

Forest Friends is about to commence what will be an ongoing study of the biodiversity of Dublin’s North Inner City. For more information please contact forestfriends.ie@gmail.com  or phone 0876198265.

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Peace Forest Ireland Project- Updated April 2016

Posted by admin on 05/17/16, 16:10:52

The Peace Forest Ireland Project involves the creation of a peace forest stretching all along the border counties north and south Ireland. It involves bringing communities together to better understand the cultural diversity and biodiversity of the various communities.

The project also envisages the creation of a  Centre of Forest Biodiversity, based on best practice in Horticulture  Silva culture and Permaculture; a centre for environmental education, incorporating visitor centre, existing natural woodlands, new tree planting, using 100% native species, commemorative trees, woodcrafts, maximising community involvement; Ogham groves based on the Celtic tree alphabet; tree nursery. The centre envisaged will be held in trust in perpetuity for community benefit.

This Woodland Cross-border Peace Project with Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland will promote forest skills, a culture of trees and forests, capacity building and community development.  The project is not designed to interfere with the structures and practice of farming as existing but to be complementary to them. It is intended to enhance rather than damage local landscapes.

To assist the design of the project and its planning the elements incorporated in the Auroville Peace Centre in Tamil Nadu India will be examined. The 2016  module of the Peace Forest Project involves the planting of 4,000 commemorative peace trees  in memory of all those who lost their lives in the Northern Ireland conflict- This will be done by a process of  liaising with all groups in the border counties in order to involve them in the project.

To assist the process of planning and development of this module of the peace forest, advertising will be placed in the local newspapers in each Border County explaining what are envisaged and inviting ideas, and promoting involvement and support. Partnerships will be encouraged to assist all aspects and stages of the peace forest project, and to assist in the sourcing of suitable sites.

The overall project is ongoing in short, medium and long terms. The potential of the project is very significant in terms of climate change. The Tree Council or Ireland has donated five hundred trees, and the Woodland Trust Northern Ireland is making 2,000 trees available.

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