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THE IMPORTANCE OF A COMMUNITY SEED BANK – Video talk by Kevin Dudley, edited by Eoin Campbell
Available to view on thevillage.ie from Friday, 13th May
The act of saving and sharing seeds has a profound impact on biological diversity which is essential to the long-term vitality of all ecosystems. Keeping this genetic diversity alive helps ensure the resilience of both the wild and cultivated environments. A community seed bank ensures that as seeds are shared without restrictions they also remain in the public domain.
Step into the wild with Friends of Merlin Woods for Biodiversity week 14th-22nd May . We will be joined by a whole host of individuals and organisations to create a week of immersive and a nature awareness experience. Most of the events are open to general public, free and located or leave from Merlin Woods Community Garden unless otherwise stated .Please check out info below.
Nature for Health Walk. Bringing communities together to enjoy nature together.
Event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2238003959670651?ref=newsfeed
Lecture with speaker Damien Barrett: Highlighting the link between Human, Animal and Environmental Health.
Speaker: Damien Barrett – Vet with the Dept of Agriculture and Group leader of the Biodiversity Committee of Ballina Community Cleanup Group
Booking is advised but not necessary. If anyone wants further details they can contact the Michael Davitt Museum on 00353 94 9031942. This lecture will also be advertised on the Museum social media platforms in advance of the event.
Venue: Michael Davitt Museum, Straide, Co. Mayo. F26 FX37
Explore the importance of biodiversity for your health and wellbeing with Caitriona Kelly. Caitriona conducts the accreditated Therapeutic horticulture course at the Organic Centre.
On Saturday 21st at 2pm our event will be Bog Bathing: Engage the Senses. Feel the expanse, hear the silence, see the beauty. A slow, immersive walk connecting heart, head and heels with Atlantic blanket bog. This 2km guided walk is a gentle introduction to bog bathing and the potential benefits of this unique, restorative environment.
Location: Ballycroy Village, Westport, Co Mayo
CELT Woodland Promotion Open Day
We’re thrilled to invite you to CELT’s upcoming Open Day on Sunday 22nd May, at the Slieve Aughty Centre.
Because it’s National Biodiversity Week, we are opening our doors, and getting some of our like minded friends together for a day celebrating our Native Woodlands!
All are welcome!
The day will be experiential and will offer something for everyone – from talks on Agroforestry and Native Woodlands, to Biodiversity walks, Forest bathing, foraging and film screenings. There will be plenty of traditional woodland craft, including willow weaving, log splitting and a biochar demonstration.
We’re really excited to host such a day, one that can connect us across all our communities through our love for woodlands. We look forward to welcoming you.
The day will run as follows:
@ 11am ~ “Introduction to Agroforestry Presentation” with Andrew St Ledger, Native Woodland Specialist with CELT and The Woodland League
@ 12pm ~ Native Woodlands Schemes, grants and applications, with Joe Gowran of Woodlands of Ireland
~A Taste of the Woods – Nourishment for Body and Soul ~Forest Bathing and Foraging – -gather from 9.45am for @ 10a.m. start time, with Sky Buitenhuis for Forest Bathing
-gather at 2pm for @ 2.15pm start time for Foraging with Olwyn Williams
(Can be taken in tandem as a natural follow on, or each as an individual experience)
~”A Woodland Walk focused on Biodiversity and the Gaelic Woodland Traditions, Brehon Tree Laws, and Unique Ogham alphabet of the trees” @2.15 with Andrew St Ledger
~Medieval Roundhouse visit @ 2.30 with Julius Brummelman
~Special Movie Screening “Call of the Forest: The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees” at 2pm
~Biochar demonstration will run throughout the day
The day will also host plenty of craft demos and participation, with something for all interests.
We so look forward to welcoming you!
*Please note that we are taking advance registrations for our walks, as numbers are limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register in advance.
Registration is also possible on the day, if numbers allow.
Proudly supported by our friends in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (through Irish Environmental Network).
Location: Slieve Aughty Centre, Kylebrack, Loughrea, Co. Galway. H62 DX77