Please Join us in celebrating Heritage Week 2016 on a “Wonder in the Woods”.

Date: Tuesday    23rd August 2016

Location:             Nature School, Ballyvary

Time:                   11am & 12pm

Cost:                    FREE but You must register

[The walk is about 1.5 km and the event will take about one and a half hours -The terrain is slightly rough in places so caution is advised. The route might not be suitable for anyone with limited mobility Please were appropriate footwear and clothing and strictly NO DOGS!]

A Wonder in the Woods is a guided walk through our own Native Woodlands where you will have an opportunity to meet ecologists Richard and Karina from Giorria Environmental Services, Joe Gowran from Muintir naCoille, and Bernard & Zane Heritage in Schools Specialists with the Heritage Council and founders of Nature School.

The Woodlands which are located just 2km east of the National Museum of Ireland – Turlough Park were initially a pilot project for the Native Woodland Scheme and one of the first in the country developed under the Native Woodland Scheme and which focuses on Biodiversity and Conservation. In 2015, the woodland were recipients of the second place award  in the RDS Forestry Awards for Biodiversity.

Over the past few years the woods have been used by schools, scouting groups and individuals who have attended training courses on Coppice Silviculture, Woodland Crafts, Forest School and wildfood foraging. Native Woodlands had almost disappeared in Ireland and are immensely important to the country’s biodiversity. By making the woodlands available to groups for educational purposes, we hope that people will not only more knowledgable but will reconnect with their sense of wonder.

We will be hosting two guided walks on the day which will take approximately 1.5 hours and there will be plenty of time to meet with and talk to some of the people who have been working to protect and develop the woodlands. Please feel free to bring a camera and notebook. We will limiting the size of the groups to 12 and ONLY to those who have booked using the form below

The Woodlands are private and are in a farming area so NO DOGS please.

Native Woodlands had almost disappeared in Ireland and are immensely important to the country’s biodiversity. By making the woodlands available to groups for educational purposes, we hope that people become more knowledgable about the importance of native Irish Woodlands but also rediscover their sense of Wonder.

Starting Point

The Wonder in the Woods Trail will start here at the scheduled time where you will be met by one of our guides