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Reforestation Regeneration

Reforestation stands as a crucial antidote to the detrimental impacts of deforestation – it is the process of replenishing depleted forests and woods, either from natural or artificial causes, mainly as a result of deforestation but also following clearcutting.

Some natural causes of deforestation are drought, climate change and wildfires, while artificial causes can be industrial agriculture, logging, mining and urbanisation.

Forest regeneration is the process of replenishing forest cover by planting young trees, either naturally occurring or intentionally, usually soon after the old forest has been cleared. 

While planting trees is the main goal of reforestation, restoration involves more than simply planting trees. The goal of ecological restoration is to restore an ecosystem’s structure, biodiversity, and overall functionality using an all-encompassing approach. It focuses on restoring the ecological balance and functionality of a damaged environment rather than just replacing trees. The goal is to restore the whole network of life that formerly existed. 

In the past, Ireland had the most forests in all of Europe. Just 11% of the area is covered in trees now, with natural forests making up just 2%. 

Eoghan Daltun, a farmer, activist, author, and sculptor in west Cork, Ireland, is at the forefront of a rewilding movement aiming to restore native forests, which once covered 80% of Ireland but now only make up 1% of the land. Over 14 years, Daltun transformed 30 acres of degraded hillside in Beara Peninsula into a biodiverse showcase. He fenced off the area, eliminated invasive plants, and allowed nature to regenerate. The site now boasts a thriving ecosystem with native trees, wildflowers, insects, and mammals, highlighting the positive impact of rewilding on biodiversity and climate action. Daltun emphasises the need for subsidies, community involvement, and broad support to make rewilding a viable and inclusive initiative in rural Ireland. What Daltun has done is an incredible display of dedication to rewilding, but the opportunity to do this is not available to everyone.

There are many groups around Ireland working to reforest and rewild their own pieces of land, such as Irish Trees, in collaboration with Dunsany Nature Reserve. 

Irish Trees partnered with Randall Plunkett and Dunsany Castle and Nature Reserve, a man whose passion is nature and rewilding, caretaker of a protected Estate of nearly 2,000 acres in existence for close to 1,000 years, and a family committed to the protection of nature for 1,000 years more. It is important to know, and believe, that any mass Tree planting effort by people now, would be safe for generations to come.

Irish Trees partnered with Dunsany Nature Reserve to help rewild the grounds of Dunsany Castle. The 1,700 acre estate is dedicated for planting Irish native trees. When you subscribe to their monthly tree planting packages, this is where your tree is planted. Since 2014 Lord Dunsany has made it his mission to reintroduce native flora and fauna to the land in a natural and organic way. Most of the woodland is old-growth broadleaf forestry such as oak, beech, elm and redwood.

One person planting one tree doesn’t sound like much, but what if everybody planted a tree, what if everyone planted a tree each month, or year, over time an individual will have actually planted a forest that would not exist without their action now!

We may provide a second opportunity to species by enabling a variety of habitats, such as scrub, peatland, seagrass meadows, and wooded areas, to re-establish. Better still, many species can relocate when the temperature changes if we connect these regenerated habitats, preventing them from going extinct. Rewilding is very much about humans as much as it is about helping animals. Restored natural landscapes provide us with a tranquil location to unwind, an outdoor workout location, an outdoor school for kids to learn, and an opportunity to interact with people. This is essential to our health and wellness.

 

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