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2007-11-18 13:18:42
"Forest by Carrigshouk" from padodes Contract pics
Picture: Forest by Carrigshouk (Contract pics)

Bringing dead wood to life
Thanks simon and dhmiriam for answers to my query regarding forests (“Dead Wood”). They have gone some way towards reconciling me with their rather impenetrable presence. I have no problem with our deciduous forests, except, of course, that there are too few of them. I’m also very willing to accept that our coniferous forests are home to many a contented colony of creepy-crawlies and that the pines themselves prefer to socialise rather than stand aloof in splendid isolation. I would simply make the point that, here in Ireland, we seem to have ended up with a particularly dense and hermetic kind of commercial forestry. Going back to Sweden again, one of the favourite pastimes there is being able to “springa i skogen”: to run in the woods. In fact, when the Swedes invented orienteering, one of the motives that inspired the development of the sport was the desire to put their forest environment to greater use as an amenity. (Another was the desire to remedy a declining interest in athlethics.) Can you imagine cross-country, off-trail running through a Coillte-managed forest? My dream pine forest would be something like an extension of the one in the photo – a stand of pines by Carrigshouk, at the head of Glenmacnass in Wicklow. There is one thing that I will be ever grateful to Coillte for, nonetheless, and it is the undisputed access their forests give to the uplands. In a country like our own, where land ownership has been problematical for centuries and is often treated as an absolute right of the individual to the exclusive personal use of land without reference to the common good, the ease of access through Coillte forests is as close as we may ever get to the Swedish “allemansrätt”, the common-law right of all citizens in Sweden to move freely throughout the countryside (but not, very reasonably, over fields or private land adjacent to habitations, and not without the obligation to care for the countryside, to refrain from damaging trees and bushes, and to dispose of one’s litter properly).


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Roaninish: Roan Inish
IainMiller 18 hours ago.
Roan Inish (Roaninish) is a low lying storm lashed small archipelago comprising five main islands and a large collection of tidal skerries. The islands are reasonably remote being 4 KM from the ne...

  
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IainMiller
IainMiller 19 hours ago.
A rock climber, hillwalker and guidebook author living, working and playing on the sea cliffs, sea stacks, mountain ranges and uninhabited islands of County Donegal. http://uniqueascent.ie/sea_sta...

  
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Inishbarnog: Roan Inish
IainMiller 18 hours ago.
Roan Inish (Roaninish) is a low lying storm lashed small archipelago comprising five main islands and a large collection of tidal skerries. The islands are reasonably remote being 4 KM from the ne...

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An Bhuidéal: Climbing An Bhuideal
IainMiller 18 hours ago.
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Dún Briste: Climbing dun Briste
IainMiller 18 hours ago.
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The Beara-Breifne Way Day7
mlmoroneybb a week ago.
On Sunday, we were not attacked by the MacCarthys of Drishane Castle but started our walk on the O?Keefe Booning Castl walk, Len: 27.7km, Climb: 362m, Area: Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland)

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An Cnoc Fada: The majesty of the Poisoned Glen in the snow
mcrtchly 5 days ago.
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The Beara-Breifne Way Day 6
mlmoroneybb a week ago.
Thanks to all for making the weekends on the Beara-Breifne Way so special. We have completed 187Km in 7 Day?s walking walk, Len: 30.3km, Climb: 781m, Area: Paps/Derrynasaggart (Ireland)

  
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Tomies Mountain: Light on Tomies and Purple
davsheen 5 days ago.
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BleckCra a week ago.
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The Beara-Breifne Way Day5
mlmoroneybb a week ago.
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Derrygarriff: Free as a bird
Colin Murphy a week ago.
We were lucky to see a white tailed eagle gliding gracefully over Eirk Lough before before coming to rest on a rock, which provided the opportunity to capture a pic of the rarely seen bird of prey...


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