is a not-for-profit independent community-based organisation, non-denominational, non-political advocates of Agenda 21 and an all-Ireland body. Our aim is to restore the relationship between people and their woodlands. One of the founders, Ted Cook, was a co-founder with other like minds of the first community environment NGO in Ireland in 1984 – the Macroom Environmental Group – which is still going strong. We came together through the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification initiative whereby Coillte were seeking an 'eco-label' verification to satisfy the Irish state's commitments to Sustainable Forest Management under the Helsinki and Lisbon agreements. FSC is an Agenda 21-based process and with this understanding, we engaged in this consultation process, along with many other communities and NGOs.
Irish Seed Savers Association exists as a living testimony to the richness and wealth of the agricultural legacy of our ancestors. Irish Seed Savers Association was founded by Anita Hayes in 1991. The work was initially done on a small farm in Co. Carlow before moving to Capparoe, Scarriff in 1996.
is an Equestrian and Events Centre in Co. Galway. With strong eco policies and an emphasis on sustainable living, they are the perfect location for our Weekend in the Hills events.
has been in existence for 26 years. It has been the starting point for a number of educational, community,
social and entrepreneurial activities and has a strong proven track record of being able to deliver useful and lasting change in the community.
Abhainn Dá Loilíoch Woodland Group Training
CELT are pleased to be working in partnership with Abhainn Dá Loilíoch Woodland Group and the Local Waters Authority Programme (LAWPRO) to provide a series of Citizen Science biodiversity training days for group members. The Abhainn Dá Loilíoch river runs from Derrybrien to Lough Cutra in south-east County Galway. LAWPRO have awarded funding to cover the training and to create a website and information leaflets to raise public awareness. Some local landowners (including Coillte) have kindly given permission for the training to take place on their lands.
The idea is that the trainees will continue in future to study and monitor the biodiversity of the river, its tributaries and riverside (riparian) buffer zones with a view to encouraging improved management in the interests of wildlife and better water quality. Abhainn Dá Loilíoch Woodland Group would like relevant landowners to plant and encourage natural regeneration of more native trees to create a native woodland wildlife corridor along the riverside linking existing woodlands which are a major natural heritage asset of this region.