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A Walk through Shankill; A Template for Tidy Towns Groups @ Online
May 18 @ 11:00 am
A Walk through Shankill; A Template for Tidy Towns Groups @ Online
Can your town, village or suburb plant a tree for every resident? Hear how it’s done from Crann Director Diarmuid McAree

Diarmuid takes us on a “virtual walk” through the Dublin suburb of Shankill Crann’s “Trees for All” Project has planted over 20,000 trees, including 3,000 native saplings this season alone. This project has been up and running for almost a decade and works alongside Crann’s Easy Treesie Project in collaboration with Dun Laoghaire County Council and Shankill Tidy Towns.

The talk will be followed by a question and answer session. Diarmuid will be in conversation with Orla Farrell of the Easy Treesie Project, who is collaborating with children and their communities all over Ireland in planting 1 million saplings with Ireland’s 1 million school children.

This walk is part of a new series of virtual walks which commenced with a “Walk in Ballyseedy Wood”, Co. Kerry in a similar talk by Tom Houlihan of Teagasc at the recent TEDxCrannTreesforIreland conference. Note this event is being recorded and may be used for the promotion of tree planting, tree preservation and tree appreciation on our media channels. We reference the Power Summit commencing in Dublin next week and discuss the “Electric Decade” and its importance as we prepare for the UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration where de-carbonising goes hand in hand with tree planting. Athenry, Co. Galway and Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny have succeeded in fulfilling Diarmuid’s challenge, other places such as Baldoyle in Dublin, Fingal are aiming for it; can your community rise to this challenge and plant not just one tree per child but a tree for every member of your local population?

For the Birds! Better management of hedgerows for biodiversity. @ Online
May 23 all-day
For the Birds! Better management of hedgerows for biodiversity. @ Online

Cloughjordan Ecovillage in partnership with Cloughjordan Community Farm and Cloncannon Biofarm present:

For the Birds! Better management of hedgerows for biodiversity.

Would you love to learn more about the wonderful hedgerows that surround us- and how to help them thrive for nature? Then catch the video For the Birds! Better management of hedgerows for biodiversity, which premieres Sunday 22nd May on the justmultimedia youtube channel.

This video, shot on location in Cloughjordan ecovillage, will feature organic farmer Sean O Farrell (from Moneygall) walking and talking along the hedgerows that bound the ecovillage.  These hedgerows border crop fields, livestock fields, residential back gardens and the horticultural community farm on site, so represent a variety of relevant hedgerow management situations.  There are amenity, foraging and biodiversity considerations for all of these hedgerows, with this video focusing on biodiversity in particular.

Watch and listen to Sean as he guides a walking conversation with a volunteer who cares for these hedgerows. During this socially-distanced stroll, the pair discuss what’s in the hedgerows along different parts of the ecovillage perimeter, and explore what – if anything – needs to be done to help optimise their biodiversity potential. Sean also uses some of these hedgerows as exemplars to help explain how you too can bring more biodiversity into your own hedgerows.

Sean has abundant hedgerows on his own farm in Moneygall, which he carefully curates to help biodiversity blossom – in and around these bushy corridors, all manner of flora and fauna flourish.

This is a free event and is available for anyone watch on the justmultimedia youtube channel from 22nd May.

This event will follow all covid-19 guidelines, and will therefore not be an in-person public event on site.

Cloughjordan ecovillage is a 67 acre site in the midlands, near the Tipperary-Offaly border. Cloughjordan Community farm is member owned and operated and grows veg agroecologically for  dozens of families. Sean O Farrell runs Cloncannon Biofarm near Moneygall, also on the Tipperary-Offaly broader.  For more on Sean and Hedgerows watch this.