Week 16- 19 July 3rd – 30th

Walking the long acre yesterday in the rain I noticed that some of the tiny oak trees are really starting to look stronger.  But many have not come on, I have a feeling that the late frosts were far more destructive to the oaks.  The…

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Week 13, 14 & 15

The hazel is a tree that grew in abundance around these parts. It grows in the hedgerow, and some years (when hedgerow is allowed to grow well) hazelnuts can be scattered all along the Calendar Road. In our garden, we have native hazel growing in…

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Week 12

This weeks tree is the mountain ash also known as the rowan. We took cuttings in the spring and hope to have this tree planted in the long acre in the autumn. Pictured is one of two trees we brought from West Sligo and the…

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Week nine and more…

Some say they look scruffy but I have a lot of time for grey willows. When I initially came up with this tree planting project it was with these trees on my mind. Although the blackthorn flowers first in the hedgerow, you cannot mistake the…

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Planting

In the beginning, there was bog, acres and acres, flat as lake water after rain, brackish after the cutaway. Excerpt from Planting – Sinéad McClure On the 19th of March, I decided to dig a hole in the wildest part of our land. It had…

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Week 8

I almost forgot to mark our eighth week of planting. We were still putting oaks in, and I made slow progress as we had a lot of rain. Almost all the trees that were gifted to us by the Tree Council of Ireland had been…

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Did ye heel-in?

It is true that you learn something new every day. Today I learned the term heel-in.  It’s just as well too.  On the Calendar Road, we have been overwhelmed by the kind gesture from the Tree Council of Ireland who have donated trees to our…

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Week 7 – oaks, everywhere?!

May 2nd to May 7th went by in a flash. I was still planting the remaining birch into early May and delighted to start back on the oak trees. It was a very cold start to May which has helped keep the oaks dormant. I…

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Week 6

I managed to get a good bit of work done over the bank holiday weekend. The sun was shinning and the clement weather made the job of planting so much easier. The weather broke after the weekend so there’s a pause on at the moment.…

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A small milestone

I’d like to go by climbing a birch tree~ And climb black branches up a snow-white trunk Toward heaven… Robert Frost Thanks to the good weather I managed to plant 46 birch trees this weekend. This evening I decided to put a few up in…

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