- Get Involved
This year Tree Week is running from March 4th to the 11th. To get involved and be part of National Tree Week, the Tree Council of Ireland invites you to organise one or more events for the week to celebrate trees. As well as tree planting ceremonies, the range of events can include forest and woodland walks, nature trails, workshops, wood-turning displays, talks, tree hugging, tree climbing, broadcasts, launches, poetry readings, exhibitions, competitions and tree plantations where communities are challenged to plant a target number of trees on a designated local site over a fixed time period. Don’t forget to register your event, so that other people can come and join you! More information can be found on
Cork City Council and Cork City Council have free trees for groups. The Tree Council will be providing Cork County Council with a number of saplings that can be used by local groups, schools and communities as part of their tree planting events. Email email@example.com for more details.
Tree planting in Charleville Town Park by St. Mary’s Secondary School Green School Committee to mark National Tree week will be going ahead as Cork County Council will supply trees. Date and time to be conformed
Tree Week talk and planting with Ted Cooke on Sunday March 4th. In recognition of National Tree Week join us for a talk, an introduction to ‘Veteran Tree Care in Historic Landscapes’ as part of Tree Week followed by tree planting at a dedicated 2 acre site in Macroom’s Castlegrounds. All welcome. We’ll be meeting outside by the Macroom Castle arch at 1pm. To help with planting please bring spades, secateurs, suitable clothing and a packed lunch. This a free event and no booking is required. #WildAboutNature
Date/Time: Tuesday 6th March 2018 at 12 noon
Event: – Tree Week Talk with Ted Cook in Macroom
Location: Macroom Library, Macroom, Co. Cork
Additional Information: In recognition of National Tree Week, Ted Cook will give his annual Tree Week Lecture, themed this year, 2018, ‘Ascendancy Landscapes – A Case Study in Veteran Tree Guardianship’. This will be followed by treeplanting at a dedicated 2 acre site in Macroom’s Castlegrounds from 13:00 to 15:30. All welcome.
TREE WEEK WALK hosted by Cork Nature Network @Doneraile Wildlife Park, Saturday March 10th @1:30pm. A gentle walk exploring the ecology and lore of trees
Date/Time: Sunday 11th March 2018 from 13:00 to 16:00
Event: – Tree Week Event with Ted Cook in Baile Mhúirne
Location: Meet at St. Gobnait’s Wood Entrance Carpark (opposite and over bridge from Mills Pub), Baile Mhúirne, Co. Cork
Additional Information: In recognition of National Tree Week, Ted Cook will give a talk on ‘Habitat Continuity and Pressures at St. Gobnait’s Wood’. This will be followed by treeplanting adjacent to the entrance carpark. All welcome.
An evening of uplifting, inspirational and positive celebration
of amazing people doing amazing things to improve our environment.
The packed audience attending the Cork Environmental Forum Awards Ceremony at the Firkin Crane Centre on Monday last, 4th December, were moved by mesmerising stories extolling the commitment, leadership and dogged determination of all the Award recipients who are taking action to improve our environment.
James O’Donovan, CEF, Chairperson, welcomed everyone to the Awards Ceremony. Proinsias O’Tuama from Ballycotton was the well deserving winner of the Outstanding Individual Award with his unstinting efforts to rid the beaches of East Cork of litter, pictured with his wife Lorraine O’Tuama who nominated Proinsias. John Sexton, who tirelessly removes litter from the streets of the Northside of the City, was commended for his work which stems from respect and love of the place he lives in. Pictured with Derry O’Farrell who nominated John. Michael Doyle, Colm O’Conor and workers from COPE were present to collect the Award under the Community & Voluntary Category for their project Duhallow REVAMP. A social enterprise delivering social, economic and environmental benefits to their locality. Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Fergal Dennehy, presented the Awards under these two categories and praised the work being done in communities across the City and County.
Pat Mehigan, nominator, pictured with Collette McKenna and members of the Love our Library Team at University College Cork who have made substantial reductions in their energy consumption and reduced waste through a creative campaign developed in collaboration with the students which garnered them the Public Sector Award.
The Business and Commercial Category Winner was Maggie Minnion for The Filling Station which services Kinsale, Clonakilty and Skibbereen markets with a refill option for customers as well as a growing range of eco-goods in no or low impact packaging. Virginia Stearns and Donal O’Gara were commended for their business My Goodness which provides vegan, raw, gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, fermented probiotic products. They also harvest rainwater for their Keffir and other drinks range and now have a team of 9 people working on the business.
Keiron Phillips, EPA Green Business, reiterated how impressive the Businesses Category Award Winners are in integrating the economic, social and environment benefits. Stressing that very often the social good that they deliver can so often be overlooked
A Lifetime Achievement Award was presented this year to Jim Wilson for the depth and breadth of his work over many years to wildlife and the environment. In accepting his Award Jim mentioned the support of family and the influence of so many people that he has worked with over the years but perhaps one that resonated with Jim were the word’s of his mother branding our beautiful world around us as paradise which still inspires his efforts, and resonated with everyone present at the Awards.
CEF were delighted to have Anja Murray, ecologist and known to many as one of the presenters on the EcoEye Programme, to launch their new Sustainable Agriculture Category. Anja outlined the vital challenges that face the environment from our intensive method of producing food and the importance of recognising those who are incorporating better practices.
Donal Sheehan, a dairy farmer in North Cork, has put in place many initiatives to encourage biodiversity and is demonstrating how dairy farming can be compatible with protecting and enhancing habitats. Donal spoke movingly about the species of birds that were present in the past on his farm but are no longer seen, as he also questioned how in a generation we have become desensitised to living in harmony with other species. Relaying a beautiful account from a 90 year old woman of how as a little girl she was taught from her parents to interact with nesting Skylarks and the imprint of this years later from having a real connection and respect for nature.
Alan Kingston, a West Cork based farmer, who has embraced agroforestry as the future for his farm said what he is doing is not new but is considered so as it involves the planting of a lot trees in rows and combining traditional farming practices with forestry. He emphasised the important need for more trees, to learn from the land and to join the dots to create more wildlife corridors. Both are leading the way and great examples of how agriculture can be carried out in a more sustainable manner.
CEF wishes to acknowledge that the introduction of such a category was a suggestion of Michael Ewing, Irish Environmental Network when he was adjudicating on the Award panel a number of years ago, however, until we interacted with Alan and Donal this year for Tree Week, Space week and other events we finally felt the time was right to launch with being able to showcase two such good practice examples. We look forward in 2018 to many nominations in this category.
A word of thanks to our sponsors who readily came on board with financial and personal support for the event. We appreciate the attendance of Donal Kissane, Gas Networks Ireland and Olan Hodnett and John Lynch, Down2Earth Materials, who also participated in the presentation of the Awards.
We would like to thank nominators, who made introductions and other presenters not already mentioned above that include Klaus Harvey, Clair McSweeney, Joe Aherne and Clare Heardman.
We wish to thank everyone who made nominations to the Awards in 2017, there was a great broad spectrum of interest and an almost record number of entries which in itself is a great indicator of the growing activity in the area of environmental sustainability. The adjudication panel, Justin Byrne, Irish Environmental Network together with Matt Jones, Helen Barrett and Denis O’Regan CEF, had the unenviable task of selecting the winners in each category and deserve great credit as all recipients are leading examples of the commitment and drive to improve the environment and have a lighter footprint whether a s an individual, a business or a group.
Thanks to sculptor, Kevin Casey, who supplied the prizes which are unique and individual bogwood sculptors created and carved from oak and yew wood buried for 1000s years beneath the deep midland bogs.
Finally thanks to everyone who attended on the night, in support of recipients or from interest and support for CEF, there was not a spare seat to be had. Also appreciation to the Firkin Crane Centre, it’s such a perfect venue for this event and Ann, Liam and all the team there are so welcoming and helpful.
We look forward with renewed energy and hope to 2018 and the possibilities that may arise in continuing to support and grow the number of amazing people doing amazing things in support of our amazing place on this one and only liveable planet.
Cork Environmental Forum (CEF) is seeking nominations for its
Annual Environmental Awards 2017 .
CEF has held its Environmental Awards ceremony since 2001 which aims to acknowledge and honour the sometimes little known actions of groups, organisations and individuals around the county that have contributed to the health or richness of the Cork environment.
Awards are nominated under the four main pillars of the Forum , Public Sector, Business and Commercial Sector , Community & Voluntary Sector and Individual Category.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is given from time to time at the discretion of the Management Committee.
Nominations are accepted from CEF members and members of the public for actions that are in keeping with the spirit of sustainable development and community resilience, including raising awareness on environmental sustainability. The Awards have proven to be a very positive public acknowledgement of the work that groups, individuals, communities and businesses undertake every day to improve their environment and that of the wider community.
See details of previous Award Winners:
To celebrate and highlight the international Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) there will be a special event at the Maritime Hotel, Bantry on Monday 22nd May from 2pm – 3.30pm focusing on the positive value the Marine environment of the bay lends to many activities and sectors of the local economy.
The UN theme for 2017 is “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism”, which has been chosen to coincide with the observance of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
Cork LifeLong Learning Festival 3rd – 9th April
As always a wonderful programme of a record breaking 600 events taking place for you to join in and participate in during the week. Cork Environmental Forum has organised a number of events, some in conjunctions with other organisations, please see following & note booking is necessary for all events:
Wed. 5th 11am -1pm – Visit the Northside for Business Campus, this includes a visit to our Boomerang Enterprises Project, contact Carmel Murray at 021 4211433.
Thurs. 6th 11.30am -1pm – Visit Ecocel, paper insulation manufacturing at the Marina. Contact Bernie Connolly 083 1468064 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Thurs. 6th 4.30pm -5.30pm – Introduction to the GAP Greener Living Programme. Contact Bernie Connolly 083 1468064 or email@example.com to book.
Friday 7th & Sunday 9th Wildlife in the Walls Walks. Contact Bernie Connolly 083 1468064 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Booking for Lifelong learning events:
Brochures available at Cork City Council or local Libraries or details from this link.
National Tree Week – Skibbereen Event
It was a wonderful start to National Tree Week with over 20 people joining in an inspiring and educational walk through an agroforestry project near Skibbereen. The landowner, Alan Kingston, was a superb host who took us all on a journey of learning through the various plots and the different approaches in each site specific area. With over 20,000 trees planted, including lots of alder, oak , sycamore and other native species, these are growing in combination with grazing sheep, growing fodder crops and cutting hay. Consideration has been given to maximising the provision of wildlife corridors and supporting biodiversity with one field of kale left to seed as a source of food for birds.
The walk was followed by some presentations at the Eldon Hotel with an input from Eugene Curran, Department of Agriculture, Forest Service on the grants and funding schemes available to landowners to encourage more planting of trees, Kieran Murphy, the Cork LAWCO officer talked about his experience of using trees effectively in the riparian zone of rivers and to help protect the river Allow and the freshwater pearl mussel. Bernie Connolly, CEF, spoke on the broader benefits and eco-system services of trees. The many benefits of trees, social & community, environmental, economic and health, were also referenced during the afternoon.
CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory in association with Cork Environmental Forum and Engineers Week are running Tree Week events for schools and the general public that celebrate trees as nature’s natural engineers.
On Monday March 6th from 16.00 -17.00 Darragh Murphy, Biologist and Educator, will guide a tree walk from Blackrock Castle Observatory along the tree lined, riverside amenity to the Douglas Estuary and back.
Following the walk a Moon observing session will run from 17.00-18.00. This event is weather permitting and will focus on the first quarter Moon in the early evening sky.
Visitors to Blackrock Castle can also attend a presentation by Sophie Power from the MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy. Sophie works in the areas of Earth Observation, Climate Change Adaptation and Science Communications. Her presentation will use Earth Observation data visualisations from the European Space Agency and will look at natural land management techniques that can significantly reduce flood risk.
No booking required; this is a free event and open to all.More details Tree Week Events at BCO.
Address: Cork Environmental Forum
Enniskeane, Co. Cork
Company No: 340723