Forest Friends Ireland

Plans are now well advanced to plant a lot of trees in the border counties of Ireland to commence during National Tree Week March 1-8. Forest Friends are donating 500 oak trees and the Tree Council of Ireland 300 trees.

We welcome any other offers of trees. We are in contact with local authorities local communities and others to make this a special year for the Peace forest. 

Help in the form of land for planting, trees, transportation, ideas are all welcome.   

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Some news on our recent events ...

Newsletter July 2015

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Seeing the Wood and the Trees

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If you feel incomplete and if you do not have the book "Seeing the Woods and the Trees" edited by Rosemarie Rowley and John Haughton, then the connection between those two is probably the solution. 

To support our activities you can buy our poetry book for 12 Euros!

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Have a lovely day !

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ROSEMARIE ROWLEY has published The Broken Pledge (1985) The Sea of Affliction (1987) and Flight into Reality (a limited edition). Her most recent book of poetry Hot Cinquefoil Star (Rowan Tree Press, 2002) includes five long poems, one of which won a first prize in the Scottish Open International Poetry Competition- She is a third time winner in the Epic section. (Her other winners were Dancing & Revolution and The Wake of Wonder). She has also written essays, pamphlets, and a play The Tree of Liberty. She has worked as a civil servant, a creative writing teacher, a graphologist, a genealogist, and as an environmental activist.

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JOHN HAUGHTON is founder of Cairde na Coille, Forest Friends Ireland, who organized the tree planting project in Ballyfermot, from which the books The Forest of Children Dreaming were published. He has a background in civic planning and with Dara Larkin in Dublin Corporation won the Irish Planning Award sponsored by First National Building Society for Finglas. At present he is involved in tree-planting of native species. He broadcasts a weekly programme on the radio station 101.6. His history of Finglas Aerodrome A Silver Lining has just been published by the Finglas Environmental Heritage Project.

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Cross Border Peace Forest

Cross Border Peace Forest project

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.

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Intern Program recommenced for 2015.

Forest Friends Ireland have recommenced their internship program.  To be eligible for the program interns are required to be sponsored with regard to their accommodation, travel and insurance for the period of the internship. 

Interns are required to attend at the forest friends offices, located in Dublin City,  during normal office yours. Forest Friends will provide office accommodation, a supervised training program and work experience.  Interns are required to show a deep interest in the natural environment and in particular trees and forests. Participation in or  qualification in third level education or equivalent educational level or in practical environmental work would be an advantage.

A working knowledge of the English language is a requirement. Selection of prospective candidates will by made by the directors of Forest Friends or their nominee(s) Candidates. should submit an up to date CV and references with regard to relevant recent work and/or education.

Enquiries to John Haughton, Internship Program Manager, email

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Ireland's ancient forest uncovered ...

Irelands Ancient Forest

The 7,500-year-old stump at a drowned forest site at Spiddal, Co Galway. 
Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

An ancient forest over 7500 years old has been uncovered on the North Galway coastline, reports Lorna Siggins of the Irish Times. The forest was exposed by the recent storms sweeping over the west coast of Ireland which stripped off layers of sand on the shoreline revealing the drowned forest.

The oak, pine and birch stumps are in their original position and hadn't fallen over. This leads Professor Mike Williams and Eamon Doyle, who are studying the find, to speculate that the trees died quite quickly, perhaps due to rapid sea level rise.

Up until 5,000 years ago Ireland experienced a series of rapid sea level rises. During the mid-Holocene period, oak and pine forests were flooded along the western seaboard and recycled into peat deposits of up to two metres thick, which were then covered by sand. Professor Williams estimates that sea level would have been at least five metres lower than present when the forests thrived, and traces of marine shell 50cm below the peat surface suggest the forest floor was affected by very occasional extreme wave events such as storm surges or tsunamis.

Professor Williams has also located tree stumps in south Mayo and Clare, along with Galway, which have been carbon dated to between 5,200 and 7,400 years ago at Queen’s University, Belfast. Some of the trees were nearly 100 years old when they perished.

With colleague Eamon Doyle, Professor Williams is due to publish a paper on the findings in the Irish Journal of Earth Sciences . The research was supported by the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and the Geological Survey of Ireland.

Irish Times reported - March 14 2014

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