Our Focus

Rewilding

The concept of Rewilding has gained momentum over the last few years with more people accepting the need to give land and marine areas back to nature for the benefit of all. We have been inspired by Isabella Tree and her Wilding project in Knepp Estate in Sussex in England where they have rewilded 3000 acres and seen the return of many native and endangered species to their site while also producing quality food.

Other practitioners include Paul McCormick & Jacinta French on their West Cork farm and Mary Reynolds and her We are the ARK initiative and the Hometree initiative in Co Clare.

Trees

Trees are a vital part of the Irish & international ecosystems carrying out multiple ecosystem functions and keeping nature in balance. By the time or Irish Independence in the 1920’s, 99% of trees had been cut down for fuel agriculture, and building.

We believe we can have a productive and environmentally sound agricultural system while incorporating many more trees on the land. Ireland had a strong connection with trees evidenced with the 1600-year-old Ogham alphabet which relates to native Irish trees.

Now is the time to renew that connection with trees through education, practical interactions and regaining our love and appreciation for these magnificent life forms.

Meadows

Native wildflower meadows and other wildflower niches have been decimated in Ireland. They provide some of the most important habitats for pollinators and other organisms within our ecosystem alongside supporting food production through pollination services provided by wild pollinators such as bumble bees.

It is critical to our home, our surroundings that we restore & expand land for wildflowers to flourish.

Wetlands

There are many types of important wetland habitats supporting a vast array of species in Ireland aided by our moist climate. These include bogs, fens, wet woodlands, lakes, ponds, swamps, rivers, streams, turloughs and saltmarshes.

Many of these habitats have disappeared due to draining to increase the productivity of land for food production. Recreating and rehabilitating these alongside thriving healthy food production is vital to regenerating our ecosystem.

Food

We want to include small amounts of food production on our sites as we want to show that integration of regenerative food production and biodiversity can be successfully achieved. In nature no system is completely isolated from animals / humans interacting with it and it can be beneficial if done correctly.

Having people interacting with sites allows monitoring to be carried out to assess whether improvements in biodiversity are occurring.