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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.

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.

Project Phase Launch - May 15th 2017.




In 2017, a new vision for a world peace tree centre for Ireland was launched involving a partnership between Forest Friends Ireland and Rotary Dublin North at the Mansion House in Dublin. Phase two of the Peace Forest Ireland project was launched by Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha at 12.45pm in the appropriately named Oak Room.



Ardmhéara Mícheál Mac Donncha pointed out that phase two of the project is a “new vision for a World Peace Tree Centre for Ireland involving a partnership between Forest Friends Ireland and Rotary.

John Haughton founder of the Peace Forest Ireland Project and chairperson of Cairde na Coille/ Forest Friends Ireland stated: “Since our original launch of phase one in 2013, we are now discussing an ambitious plan to create an international Peace Centre based on the international Auroville Peace Centre located in Tamil Nadu, in the south-east of India, which we recently visited. This would involve creating a new world peace centre in Ireland’s border counties, embracing the ethos and ecology of tree and forest. Auroville is a proven model which can be easily replicated given sufficient lands and finance and the involvement of the private and public sectors”.


Cross Border Peace Forest Origination


As part of our Biodiversity Week 2013 event schedule, Forest Friends Ireland, in partnership with Dublin North Rotary, launched the Cross Border Peace Forest project on May 26th which included a ceremonial planting of an oak tree by Sakuji Tanaka, president of Rotary international.


Cross Border Peace Forest project

President Tanaka planted an oak tree at St. Columbs Park on Sunday morning as part of the Cross Border Peace Forest project - an initiative of Rotary Club Dublin North and Forest Friends Ireland, and the planting will be the begining of numerous plantings of native trees along the border.

Cross Border Peace Forest project

As a member of the first generation to grow up in Japan after WWII President Tanaka said he understood the importance of peace and the connection to our week being. "Peace is not something that can only be achieved through agreements by governments or through heroic struggles. It is something we can find and achieve every day and in many simple ways.

Cross Border Peace Forest project

An oak tree was chosen as particularly significant being a symbol of Derry from which the Irish name Doire was derived. 

Forest Friends Ireland are encouraging communities and agencies all along the border to initiate tree plantings so that eventually there will be a great Peace Forest that all can be proud of, and that through tree planting projects communities on each side of the border will come to know each other better through community interaction.

Cross Border Peace Forest project




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).

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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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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.






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