Crann and Coillte requests the pleasure of your company at a family day celebration of the ‘Coming of Age’ of Oak Glen, (nominal end of planting 1992) their joint project to re-establish an oak forest park in Glencree.
Officiated by: Paddy Woodworth
Venue: The Oak Glen site, Cloon Wood, Glencree, Co. Wicklow.
Date: Sunday 25th August 2013
Time: 12noon until 4p.m. Official tree planting ceremony at 3p.m.
Bring your own picnic “leave no trace” and enjoy a day in the woods.
Dress for the weather and wear suitable footwear.
All are welcome and especially those who sponsored grid referenced trees.
Crann Chairman, Tony Carey, stated that the Oak Glen event is a celebration of a unique joint project between Coillte [the State Forestry company] and Crann [an Irish charity that promotes trees for environmental enhancement] to recreate an oak forest park in the area of Glencree where there has previously been a Royal forest park in the 13th century. This is remarkable evidence and a milestone of an environmental restoration project of particular significance which was launched in 1990 by Taoiseach Charles Haughey. The first tree was planted in 1990 by President Mary Robinson and the final tree in phase one was planted by Bob Geldof. Coillte undertook to manage the plantation, with sponsors and the general public having access rights under Coillte’s Open Forest policy.
Initial establishment costs were largely funded through sponsorship by many thousands of people of about 120,000 oak trees. These sponsors ‘invested’ through grid referenced certificates in groups of five young trees of which one, on average, would develop to maturity after thinning. It is planned to have the grid referencing transferred to a GPS based grid that can be accessed through the Crann website – www.crann.ie – or directly through a smart phone link.
Oak Glen is sited in the townsland of Cloon in Glencree valley which is about 6.5 km west of Enniskerry on a 3rd class road to Glencree.
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How do I get there?
Entering into Enniskerry village from the R117 (the twisty road from the N11) go to the right of the clock tower, and go straight on uphill and straight over a crossroads signposted for Glencree that has a fruit & veg shop on the left. Continue for about 6km until you reach the Cloon-Oak Glen car park. Note: If you find yourself at the entrance to Powerscourt, you are on the wrong road and must go back to the village centre to find the road to Glencree!