Update on the yearlings!

You said there was a house at the centre of the forest, I searched for days until you told me you had lied From “I have found you” Sinead McClure Mid to late May 2021 was when the planting of trees ceased for the season…

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A year done!

It’s hard to believe how fast time flies but here we are over a year since planting the first tree on the Calendar Road Tree Project. It was the 19th of March, 2021 when I decided to plant a tree a week in our long…

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Week 32

Autumn’s in the house When we open our back door autumn comes in. The big ash tree likes to decorate our kitchen. But the ash is almost bare these days. Trees are always on my mind. This autumn I can’t escape them. They are showing…

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Week 25

I’m vlogging! This week I decided to vlog instead of blogging – resorting perhaps to how older versions of the Calendar Road sounded, but in full technicolour! Apologies for my sometimes shaky camera work. Week 25 of the Calendar Road Tree Project.

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Week 20 – Week 24

A month of fruit trees 31st July-27th August The meadow is changing. July and the long acre is dominated by meadowsweet and angelica. The grasses, taller than me in June are falling back, folding in on themselves and the trees I planted in spring are…

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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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