About Us

The Native Woodland Trust is dedicated to the preservation of Ireland's remaining ancient woodlands. We are also committed to the restoration of Ireland's original climax ecosystem, through the re-creation of woodlands, using only native seed.

We have carefully documented our aims and have also given great consideration to a set of principles to which we will adhere in order to achieve those aims. These have all been included in the legal documents governing the organisation.

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A6060 Accounts
31st December 2015

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A6060 Accounts
31st December 2014

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Employment

Although we are always in need of volunteers, we are not currently in a position to provide meaningful employment to anyone. Volunteers are always welcome, whether you have any particular expertise or not.

volunteers@nativewoodlandtrust.ie

If you have any comments on this site, its content or the organisation, please do contact us. Similarly if you have any queries, if you feel you can help us in any way or would like to become a member, email us at :

info@nativewoodlandtrust.ie

Aims

  1. The protection, preservation and expansion of Ireland’s existing ancient and semi-natural woodlands.

  2. The creation of new woodlands throughout Ireland, where these would naturally occur.

  3. The restoration of the original flora, fauna and avi-fauna of Ireland’s woodlands

  4. To increase native woodland bio-diversity through suitable habitat creation and sensitive management.

  5. The preservation of every species and identifiable genotype of Ireland’s native trees.

Principles

    1. New woodlands will only be created using native seed from native species from within a 10 mile radius of the new woodland (NNN). Where this is not possible, the nearest native source will be used.
    2. Where re-introduction of an extinct species is proposed, new stock will be sourced from a region of similar climate and conditions, taking into account historical evidence of specific attributes.
    3. Expansion of existing woodlands will, as far as possible, be allowed to occur by natural regeneration.
    4. Management of woodlands will be undertaken to the exclusion of all exotic flora and fauna, except where this may adversely effect native species or will be to the detriment of an area of beauty or local significance.
    5. Hunting, trapping and harvesting will not be permitted on Trust property except where it applies to the management of exotic species.
    6. Management of woodlands will be based on minimal human intervention, exceptions being:
      • for the safety of visitors and the general public,
      • It shall be deemed acceptable, in exceptional circumstances, for a woodland or land (which has not been donated)to be sold or swapped in aorder to better facilitate the overall aims of the trust, but not for reasons of commercial gain or future (unknown) investment.
      • Where an area of land or woodland contains another habitat type, which is deemed to be of significance, it shall be maintained in its natural or non-woodland state.
    7. for the support of troubled native species for the elimination of exotic species where an existing management scheme is in place and its cessation will cause a reduction in bio-diversity
    8. Any human intervention will be carried out using traditional techniques with minimal use of mechanised equipment.
    9. All donated woodlands shall be held in their natural state, in the ownership of the Trust, in perpetuity.
      • It shall be deemed acceptable, in exceptional circumstances, for a woodland or land (which has not been donated)to be sold or swapped in order to better facilitate the overall aims of the trust, but not for reasons of commercial gain or future (unknown) investment.
      • Where an area of land or woodland contains another habitat type, which is deemed to be of significance, it shall be maintained in its natural or non-woodland state.
    10. All woodlands shall be open to the public and shall be held for the enjoyment of the general public, subject to issues of safety and conservation.