Dunsany Rewilding Project
The trees we plant today, will be forests tomorrow.
500 Acres of Mature Woodland
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 stoats.
Randal Dunsany has been working with Bee Conservation Ireland and the plan is to introduce hives of native Irish black bees to the reserve.
Partnering with Lord Dunsany
We found the right partner in Randal and Dunsany, 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.
We needed to know, and believe, that any mass Tree planting effort by people now, would be safe for generations to come.
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!
All our Woodland ingredients are native Irish –
Trees are grown from native Irish seeds and planted at 3-4 feet high.
Our flowering bulbs are native Irish stock.
The wildflowers are native Irish pollinator mixes, for Native Irish inserts.
The Irish tree’s Bee colony is also native Irish Bee stock.
Irish Trees at Dunsany Nature Reserve
We have 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 our 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.
Take a stroll through the forest
Why plant a tree?
Planting a Tree isn’t just a meaningful way to show your love and thoughtfulness but Planting trees have a myriad of significant benefits for the environment.
By their very nature, trees serve to both cleanse and protect the environment from harmful substances and activities as they slowly help to repair the damage foolishly inflicted on the environment by mankind.
It is not inaccurate to think of planting a tree as akin to opening a window in a room full of thick dark smoke.
The woodlands of Ireland are our greatest and most effective natural asset in detoxifying our air and lands.
Therefore, few things are as crucial to maintaining and improving the health of our environment as planting trees.
First and foremost, planting trees helps to slow down and combat the devastating effects of climate change – remove carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with clean, pure oxygen.
Trees absorb carbon and store it within their trunk, branches, and leaves in a process known as sequestering.
As long as a tree lives, and trees can live for many decades and even centuries, the carbon remains trapped within.
Planting trees in Ireland is also imperative to maintaining the natural balance of the environment and its inhabitants.
Simply put, birds and animals need trees in order to survive and the native Irish trees found throughout our woodlands are the most critical component of protecting and preserving our wildlife.
Trees act as a limitless source of shelter and sustenance for countless woodland creatures and their undergrowth provides an abundance of food for various wildlife while also providing them with natural habitat.
Cover and shade supplied by the canopies of leaves and foliage protect small animals from harsh conditions and predators, both animal and human.
Our environment would be greatly damaged by the absence of all the animals that depend on the trees of Ireland, which is why we must conserve and expand the environments in which they thrive.
Every time you gift a tree in honour or celebration of someone, you are also providing a home and food source to the many animals inhabiting the woodlands of Ireland.
There are no conceivable negatives to planting trees in Ireland but there are countless positives.
Nature-based solutions, such as planting trees, are consistently found to be the most effective in the fight against climate change and it is something to which you can easily contribute.
Gifting a tree is also an invaluable gift to the future of our precious planet.
It serves a dual purpose of remembering those who have passed and considering the health and happiness of generations to come.
Planting trees is the best weapon we have at our disposal in tackling the climate crisis and saving our environment.