Links to aid your Woodland Sanctuary creation and use

Tree Change

How to de-carbonise the environment and restore the degraded eco-system by regenerating, re-wilding and planting native woodlands. Also create safe, recreational and educational spaces for the benefit of local communities for future generations.Also to empower individuals and businesses to engage with nature and take action to reverse climate change and environmental damage. Wonderful online personal calculators online

Trees On The Land

A cross-border initiative working to establish young native trees across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. They run an annual tree planting event where landowners across the 32 counties turn out to plant trees on a selected Saturday in February.  They provide simple schemes for landowners to access quality native tree mixes each season.  They work with farmers, smallholders, community groups, councils, schools, and colleges to coordinate sites to accommodate trees. Their vision is to establish tree cover and woodland in rural and urban areas that will grow for many years and provide a lasting legacy for future generations.

For Neighbourwoods

A NeighbourWood Scheme project partnered with Western Forestry Co-op, will provide support for the development of a “close-to-home” woodland for public access, education, recreation and enjoyment on land in or near villages, towns and cities. Western Forestry Co-op will provide conselling, help with applications and form filling, and arranging financial support.

Native Woodland Trust

The Native Woodland Trust is dedicated to the preservation of Ireland's remaining ancient woodlands. They are also committed to the restoration of Ireland's original climax ecosystem, through the re-creation of woodlands, using only native seed. Great consideration of a set of principles to which they adhere in order to achieve their aims. Weekend events combine working volunteering, education, and social fun events.

Irish Forest Schools Association

The Irish Forest School Association was founded in 2016 to support the development of Forest School learning in Ireland. Their members include trained Forest School leaders, researchers, teachers, and organisations and individuals interested in innovation, creativity, education, play, science, environmental awareness and care, all outdoors. Their mission is to support the development of quality Forest Schools in a diverse range of settings in Ireland. Their current model of practice they describe as drawing from the UK Forest School Association.

Northern Ireland Forest School Association

This Forest School association describes themselves as encouraging 'Learning Without Walls'.They offer a series of programmes designed to get children learning outside in the natural environment with their schools, youth groups and families. This association is a Northern Ireland-wide partnership between Lady Dufferin, the Dufferin Foundation and the Northern Ireland Forest School Association.The Forest School Awards supports the training of teachers, youth leaders and families in their own community ensuring there are no barriers for participation.

UK Forest School Association

This association regards Forest School is an inspirational process, that offers all learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with trees.Their ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. They describe their approach as being learner-centred that interweaves with the ever-changing moods and marvels, potential and challenges of the natural world through the seasons. This fills every Forest School session and programme with discovery and difference. Their aim is ensuring that all learners experience lasting benefits that quality Forest Schooling offers.

The Woodland League

The Woodland League is an independent community-based, non-denominational organisation. Their aim is to restore the relationship between people and their native woodlands. They call for the balancing of man-made systems and natural eco-systems and are also guided by the Brehon law system of Ireland. They campaign that current forestry development in Ireland can not deliver a sustainable future for this planet.  They politically lobby that native forests must be granted highest priority for protection, conservation and enhancement. They remind that all stability in nature, of soil, air and water is conferred by native trees. The native trees of any place are nature’s highest achievement in the plant kingdom. They actively lobby change in Irish forestry policy.

Environmental Pillar

This organisation is comprised of 26 national independent environmental non-governmental organisations who work together to represent the views of the Irish environmental sector. The work of their members covers a broad range of areas including habitat conservation, wildlife protection, environmental education, sustainability, waste and energy issues, as well as environmental campaigning and lobbying. The members work towards achieving Sustainable Development, and balancing of the three pillars of Sustainable Development – social, environmental, and economic.

Centre for Environmental Living & Training

CELT is a registered charity providing education, training and awareness-raising in environmental issues, traditional crafts workshops, sustainable living and nature conservation. CELT is a member of Irish Environmental Network (IEN) and through this organisation receive annual core funding from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. They run excellent courses, mainly woodland based, for all ages.

Woodlands Of Ireland

Woodlands of Ireland state they are dedicated to native woodlands with primary objectives to generate awareness of native woodlands amongst policy makers and the general public. They have and intend to develop projects aimed at ensuring the future viability of native woodlands. Most of their funding comes from government sources, plus they welcome donations from the general public. Past projects include the Millennium Woods, and Hedgerow Database.

Trees For Life
Their campaign and work is rewilding the Scottish Highlands. Their vision is to revitalised ancient wild forests in the Highlands of Scotland, and by doing so provide much more space for wildlife to flourish and rural communities to thrive. They have planted millions of native trees through the Grampian and North Caledonian ancient forest areas. Worth a visit if only for 10 minutes watching the beautiful random video clips on the home page.


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