Christmas 2022: The offspring of Santa Claus's favourite tree takes root in the soils of Terryland Forest Park!
A green Christmas gift to the people of Galway: Connecting Galway's past to Galway's future.
The apples once picked (after leaving behind windfall fruits for the rest of nature to enjoy) were converted by my good wife Cepta (with a little help from me!( into delicious tarts that were happily eaten by volunteers onsite!
Top of photo shows four volunteers from 2022 (Paul, Ruth, Victor & Tobias) holding a wicker basket of apples made possible by the efforts of Terryland volunteers from 2013 including the four people shown in the lower part of the photo, namely Caroline Mc Donagh and daughter, and Sarah Knight and son Cian.
We thank these four people and the other great volunteers of nine years ago as well as all of the thousands of volunteers who have given their time and effort since 2000 to rewild what is now a Terryland Forest Park comprising a mosaic of diverse wildlife habitats in the heart of urban Galway.
Earlier this year volunteers planted in the same area a linear orchard of rare varieties of native Irish apples donated to us by Martina Finn who obtained them from Seedsavers. Looking forward to harvesting their fruits in future years.
Finally a big 'bualadh bos' to Cepta Lynch Stephens who donated the lovely handcrafted wicker basket to me a few years ago.
Join us in a Walk through History and into the Future of a green-blue Galway city
Then looking across a scene of natural landscapes and waterscapes that would be the envy of any city in Europe, one will stand near the mouth of a river that starts and ends within our urban boundaries responsible also for the birth of modern Galway and which defines the parameters of Ireland’s largest community-driven urban woodland, we enter a magical place of native Irish forests, wildflowers meadows, farm pasture and hidden heritage trails that is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna and which has been lovingly developed by the people of Galway and the staff of Galway City Council since 2000.
This expedition will represent not only a walk through history but a journey into the future as we assess together what needs to be done to protect and enhance this unique natural manmade biodiversity-rich green oasis in the heart of Galway city that reaches into the rural lands of county Galway and reinforce its role in a time of Climate and Biodiversity Crises as a ‘carbon sink’, a wildlife sanctuary, an ecological corridor hub, a passive outdoor leisure facility, and as an Outdoor Classroom for the schools and colleges of Galway.
We also want the event to act as a recruitment drive for the new volunteer unit of Terryland Forest Park whose members will serve as guardians and nurturers of this unique green resource. We hope that participants will be especially excited to sign up when they witness the new park onsite base that is being installed for the benefit of volunteers and visitors alike!
Photograph shows participants from Men's Sheds of Oughterard and Galway city at the recent bat making workshop mentored by Peter Finnegan at Cumann na bhFear premises.
Twenty of these bat boxes will be installed by volunteers on Saturday (May 27th) in the Terryland Forest Park under the auspices of Caitriona Carlin and Kate Mc Aney.
Meet up will be at 11am in the Ballinfoile Mór Community Organic Garden.
Save the Bees: Help Create a Wildflower Woodland tomorrow(Sun April 2nd)
Join Operation Bláthanna (Irish = Flowers). and help in the ongoing efforts to create a Wild Garlic Wood in Terryland Forest Park tomorrow (Sunday) at 10am.
Hundreds of 'wild garlic' flowers will be planted at this event as volunteers continue to create thematic flora areas in certain locations within this 180 acres nature and farmland reserve.
So we ask you to please join us and be part of the campaign to establish habitats for bees and other pollinators.
Rendezvous: 10am near the Curry's (Galway Retail Park) entrance to Terryland Forest Park.
Google Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/
Workshop: Pruning Fruits Trees
Create a Countryside in the City this Sat!
This man-made habitat will provide a haven for butterflies, bees, hoverflies, moths and will represent one of the most exciting biodiversity initiatives to take place in Galway city.
Wear suitable clothing and if possible bring along a spade and/or rake.
You can contact me by messaging me or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Further details can be found at my blog - http://bit.ly/1UY0IJN
The 'Wildlife of Terryland Forest Park' exhibition
Night-time Bat Walk in Terryland Forest Park
Galway Bat Group is undertaking a bat-walk on the night of Thursday July 23rd commencing in the section of the Terryland Forest Park behind Dunnes Stores and beside Liosbaun business park.
Meet up at 9.30pm in the Dunnes Stores car park.
Bat detectors will be available to go around on the evening.
All are welcome!
Note: Drawing shown is of a Leisler Bat by Helen Cairdwhich is a feature on the 'Mammals of Terryland Forest Park' information display board that forms part of the new Outdoor Classroom nature trail of this great urban woodland
Save the Bees -
Saturday June 14th
Rendezvous: 10am Saturday at gate entrance to Terryland Forest Park near Currys in Galway Retail Park, Headford Road.
Reflowering the Forest - April 25th 2015
Our first large scale flower planting for 2015 will take place on Saturday April 25th.
Rendezvous: 10am in car park in front of Galway Bay FM.
Fro further information, contact Brendan at email@example.com.
The Terryland Forest Park area designated for the April event will be a woodland behind Riverside estate & Liosban business. will include Bluebells, Bugle, Cow Parsley, Crow Garlic, Ground Ivy, St. Patrick’s Cabbage, Pendulous Sedge, Sitchwort and Wood-rush.
There will also be a clearance of long grass and briers.
During June 2014, volunteers collected the seeds of Bluebells and Wild Garlic from mature forests in Galway and spread them across suitable areas of Terryland Forsest Park.
In September, hundreds of Primroses were planted in the forest.
Last year then represented the beginnings of a major biodiversity project to plant appropriate indigenous species in the meadows, woods and hedgerows of this unique urban natural heritage resource. The flowering of the forest with sanicle, foxglove, st. patrick's cabbage, cow parsley, raspberry, primrose, wild garlic, bluebells and many more indigenous varieties will dramatically increase its attractiveness to a wide variety of insects, birds and many other types of wildlife.
The project is being overseen by horticulturalist Padraic Keirns.
Terryland Forest Park: Reviving the Celtic link between Nature &
|Michael Longley & Maidhc Danín Ó Sé plant trees in Terryland Forest Park, April 2013 with James Harrold (centre) & Brendan Smith|
This initiative was started in spring 2013 by Galway City Arts Officer James Harrold with Michael Longley and the late Maidhc Danín Ó Sé being the first writers invited to plant native Irish trees on what will become over time a major Poets’ Nature Walkway along the banks of the River Corrib close to the Black Box.
This year, director Dani Gill will plant a tree to mark the 30th anniversary of the festival and to celebrate her fifth season with Cúirt.
It is appropriate that the reconnection of the world of the Irish literati with Trees occurs in Galway, a city that has for decades kept alive the ancient Celtic bardic respect for Mother Earth. Here in this urban landscape, environmentalists and artists often came from the same womb and share the same eco-values and beliefs.
This leisurely cycle will journey over hills, along botharins, past abandoned farms, ruined castles, karst outcrops, bogs, lakes, dykes, turloughs and meadows.
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It is hoped that the route will become part of a new Greenways network that is being developed by local communities in conjunction with Galway City Council and Galway County Council.
Start time: 10am, Sunday April 12th
Rendezvous, Terryland Castle, Dyke Road.
Duration: approx 7 hours
Organiser: Cumann na bhFear.
Note: Participants should bring along their own bicycle, suitable clothing and packed lunch. There will be a stop over at Cloonacauneen Castle where participants can have lunch.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. All participants must sign a form agreeing to abide by the rules of the tour.
Should you be interested in participating, please contact Brendan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native Tree Detective Walks
Botantist Matthew O’Toole, from Conservation Volunteers Terryland Forest Park, has undertaken a number of exciting investigative guided nature walks through the Terryland Forest Park.
Participants have the opportunity to become arboreal detective by studying the bark, shape and form of the Oak, Alder, Hazel, Ash and other native flora and find why such trees were so important in the lives and beliefs of the peoples of Celtic Ireland.