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Native Woodlands Conference

20 Years a-Growing
Celebrating Ireland's Native Woodlands

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This event will accrue 45 CPD Points for participants on the Society of Irish Forester's CPD programme

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A comprehensive and in-depth conference on Ireland’s native woodlands will take place over two days, from April 30th to May 1st 2018 at the Glenview Hotel, Delgany, Co. Wicklow. The event is titled ’20 Years A-Growing’ and has been organised by Woodlands of Ireland to celebrate two decades of work to restore, manage and create new native woodlands in Ireland. Anyone with an interest in native woodlands - including landowners, farmers, the forestry industry, academics and environmental communities - is encouraged to attend. 

Presentations by leading Irish and international experts will cover a wide range of topics, from managing native woodlands and hedgerows to flood management and woodlands for water protection, while panel discussions will focus on the steps that should be taken to ensure Ireland meets its ambitious targets to plant and restore native woodlands over the next three years. Other topics will include the recent arrival of the great spotted woodpecker, spiders and other invertebrates from native woodlands, invasive species and climate change, seed saving, deer ecology and rewilding.

A field excursion on the second day will take participants on guided walks around County Wicklow to learn more about the management and establishment of native woodlands in practice. This will include visits to Deputy’s Pass, Glenealy and Ballycoyle, Glencree, both of which have been restored and expanded under the Native Woodland Scheme. We will also visit a site at Ballygannon, Rathdrum, which has been restored under the People's Millennium Forest Project.

Funds of over €20 million have been made available to invest in Irish native woodlands over the coming years and it is estimated that native woodlands provide valuable timber and non-timber services that contribute up to €100 million to the Irish economy per annum.