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23 February 2012

Woodlands

Much fuss has been made of the deforestation of Ireland and of the fact that the island is still relatively lacking in tree cover, when compared with mainland Europe.

This may offer some consolation... In the Woodland Addendum for Davimack: " http://ingeb.org/songs/cillchai.html" The famous lament for the felled trees in Cill Chais (Kilcash) is one of the many references to the destruction of Irish forests. Wood was needed for ship building over the centuries and oak was particularly needed. The Kylemore Valley was once a vast natural oak forest and remnants of native woodland can be found throughout the country.

The sense of regret for this loss is not always shared by those who do not find trees interesting.

And there is a cultural significance linked to the presence of trees in planted estates that can be quite sad:
"For the house of the Planter, is known by the trees."

This is from Austin Clarke's poem, "The Planter's Daughter".

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2 Comments:

Blogger David T. Macknet said...

Was Ireland covered in trees at some point? I mean ... I'd always pictured it as a home for goats and sheep, really. Was it different, in your memory?

2/23/2012 6:27 pm  
Blogger Tales from the Birch Wood. said...

I've added an addendum for you.

County Wicklow is the most wooded part of Ireland still and if you look for links to "Coillte" you should find some good links on the current activities of the forestry professionals.

2/23/2012 8:24 pm  

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