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Dunsany Estate and Nature reserve

The Dunsany Estate, which dates back to the 11th century and is located around 35 kms. northwest of Dublin, covers nearly 2000 acres – of this about 750 acres is now being rewilded as an Irish Nature reserve. There is also around 500 acres of forest, and there are several springs and streams.

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Randal Plunkett - Lord Dunsany

Randal Plunkett is the founder of Dunsany nature reserve in county Meath. Dunsany Estate is Ireland's largest privately owned nature reserve and at present Ireland's only recognized large scale rewilding project. Randal took on the ambitious rewilding project in 2014. To the right is Bob of Irish Trees.

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Irish trees ( Based in the Naul North County Dublin ) have collaborated with Dunsany Estate (Co. Meath), to focus on developing natures production and accelerate the 7 year rewilding project, Europes largest private rewilding area.

Since 2014 Lord Dunsany has has made it his mission to reintroduce native flora and fauna to the land in a natural and organic way. Of the 1700-acre estate – some 950 acres of tillage farmland is rented to local farmers and the remaining 750 acres are dedicated to the nature reserve.

There is 500 acres of mature woodland on the farm, most of which is old-growth broadleaf forestry such as oak, beech, elm and redwood.

A lot of the deadwood in the woodland is left to decay naturally, acting as a crucial habitat for various insects and fungi.

There are natural meadows containing diverse grasses and wildflowers. Randal has continuously planted trees and native hedgerows on the land.

Since its inception, Randal has taken immense pleasure in witnessing the return of a vast array of wildlife to the reserve.

Numerous birds have returned to the land, many of whom have not been recorded in the area for a long time. Among the bird species are red kites, woodpeckers, barn owls, long eared owls, herons, jay birds and sparrowhawks.

The reserve is also home to red deer, foxes, otters, badgers, pine martins, hares and stouts. Randal has been working with Bee Conservation Ireland and the plan is to introduce hives of native Irish black bees to the reserve.

Randal is also working with various institutions to conduct research on the flora and fauna of the land. He is passionate about sharing his rewilding experience and inspiring others to undertake their own rewilding venture, no matter how big or small.

Courtesy of Farming for Nature.

Lord Dunsany, Randal Plunkett says “Dunsany has a 950 year history and 1000s of years of a future, but not as a well mown Castle estate but as a true natural landscape. A landscape filled with Plants, trees, Inserts birds and mammals”

To date all our efforts have been self funded, planting trees where we could. We needed a collaborator that shared our values, with a reputation for integrity and we found that with Irish Trees and its founder, Bob Hamilton”

Randal continued “ Nature isn’t free, nature’s future depends on the creation of Eco business, creating commerce that nurtures the environment… without taking from it.

Irish Trees ( https://irishtrees.ie) currently offers friends and families Memorial and Celebratory Tree planting as a thoughtful alternative to Flowers or sympathy cards but has been constantly asked to plant trees for the sake of the environment by so many customers and businesses that they explored options to do this, but needed just the right partner.

It founder – Bob Hamilton says ”We found the right partner in Randal and Dunsany, a man whose passion is nature and rewilding, caretaker of a protected Estate of nearly 2000 acres in existence for close to 1000 years and a family committed to protection of nature for 1000 years more.

Bob continued… “We needed to know, and believe, that any mass Tree planting effort by people now, would be safe for generations to come.”

“We want to encourage individuals, families and businesses to plant trees on the estate, never to be harvested, but of course supported in the early years and then left to contribute to the rewilding of the estate over hundreds more years”, says Randal.

“Randal Plunkett Earl of Dunsany says, “Each of us are only taking our turn on this planet, how we live and more importantly what we do… is our legacy, there are only a few actions that any one individual can take that will carry into the future for 100s of year. Planting a Tree is one of them!”

“We need to invest back into the planet, investing in trees for people yet to be born, and the nature that will surround them. It feels good to plant a tree, to have done at least that one thing to give back to the planet” Say Bob

Bob is passionate about the impact of one “One person, planting one tree, it 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!”

“So don’t ask – ‘What can I do about the planet?’ Plant a tree with us or in your own garden, just plant a tree!”

To Learn more about the partnership between Dunsany and Irish trees – Click here

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What can I do about the planet?

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

Each of us are only taking our turn on this planet, how we live and more importantly what we do is our legacy, there are only a few actions that anyone individual can take that will carry into the future for possible 100s of years. Planting a Tree is one of them!

Irish trees have collaborated with Dunsany Estate to focus on developing natures production and accelerate the 7 year, 750 acre rewilding project, Europes largest private rewilding area.

The model is simple, you subscribe for one tree, or even 50 trees to be planted in your name, your families name or your businesses name.

If you like, come and plant yourself, bring your colleagues or bring your kids, just be the one who did something, even plant one tree in your garden.

If you don’t have the capacity in your life to plant a tree, we will do it for you. Just take an action so you didn’t just sit and wait for someone else to save the planet, it will take us all to do it. Using less won’t do it alone, more nature will.