The Native Woodland Trust saves a rare forest in the Slieve Bloom mountains

March 1, 2017

The Native Woodland Trust has announced the addition of 21 acres of Camcor Wood, Co. Offaly to its portfolio of woodland nature reserves.

The Native Woodland Trust works to protect Ireland’s few remaining ancient woodlands and to facilitate the restoration of native woodlands across the country.

In purchasing the Camcor Wood site the Native Woodland Trust guaranteed its proper conservation for future generations. The Camcor site has particular significance, since it is on a floodplain it represents a rare woodland type that is home to rare species of wild flower, a unique species of trout, in addition to geological marvels and ancient trees.

Rebecca Doyle, Reserves and Engagement Officer for the the trust thanked the private donors for their generosity which will see the site well conserved into the future.

The Native Wildlife Trust will now conduct wildlife surveys to ensure that the appropriate management plans are in place. In addition to this, the wood will be used as a source of native Irish seed, to supply the Trust’s own nurseries.

The Native Woodland Trust (NWT) was formed in 1999 as a charitable environmental organisation, tasked with the preservation and expansion of Ireland’s native woodlands. Ireland’s original forests are now reduced to 0.1% of their original extent – the Trust strives to identify and protect these, as well as using them as a seed source for woodland restoration.

Over the last number of years, the NWT has donated over 100,000 trees to schools and community groups throughout Ireland, as well as providing advice and assistance in the creation of new hedgerows and woods by those groups.

We wish the staff of the NWT the best of luck with their exciting new project!

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David Hayden

David is a contributor to the Green News. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and French from UCD as well as a Master’s Degrees in French literature and New Media from the University of California at San Diego and the Johns Hopkins University.