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This land is unique and precious, it is rich in biodiversity including rare birds, plants and animals that are in decline,and some old oak trees, remnants of an ancient oak forest. Part of the land borders a river, and is a unique habitat with an abundance of wildflowers and wildlife.

By buying this land and establishing a Nature Sanctuary,we will ensure that its biodiversity is protected in perpetuity; we will preserve wilderness; and will plant an oak forest, restoring the ancient oak forest that once grew here. We will run nature education workshops and Forest School sessions for children,to inspire them to love and protect nature, and to help them experience the freedom and joy of being in a forest.

The land costs €185,000.  With fees and costs of tree planting, the total figure we need to raise is €195,000.

We will do this by planting 1,300 native trees.

A donation of €150 plants one tree and helps buy the land for the nature sanctuary.
€150 x 1,300 = €195,000

Please help by donating and sharing!

€150 x 1300 trees = €195,000

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This money will allow us to buy the initial 70 acres of land, and to plant an oak forest, where oak trees will grow together with other native trees including birch, hazel, hawthorn, and holly in a natural mixed woodland.

The land and its biodiversity will be preserved, children will come here for Forest School sessions to play and learn in nature,and the restored oak forest will help offset carbon emissions, something we all need to be working hard to do!

With time, we hope that our Nature Sanctuary will grow and will inspire other similar projects across the country and beyond.

Did you know?

One mature tree absorbs 48 pounds of CO2 per year.
In about ten years, 1,300 trees will be absorbing and offsetting up to 28.6 TONNES of CO2 per year!
And they will also be producing lots of oxygen for us to breathe!

“We believe this is a very worthwhile and urgent project at this time of
climate crisis, when this country needs more native woodlands and
places managed for nature conservation. This project has a strong
team to run it and we believe it will be a successful project, beneficial
to Ireland’s biodiversity, its native woodlands and to the general public.
[…]Woodlands of Ireland is a technical NGO dedicated to the
expansion and sustainable management of Ireland’s native woodlands
– see, and the project will have access to
technical support and advice.”

Dr Declan Little, Woodlands of Ireland

We envision Lough Grainey Nature Sanctuary to
become Ireland’s flagship project
in rewilding and protection of biodiversity.


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