‘In the current situation forestry will not only be failing to mitigate against climate change, it may be making it worse.’ Photograph: iStock

About 4,000 hectares of trees were planted last year, significantly below the target of at least 15,000 hectares annually needed to maintain equilibri(...)

Illustration: Michael Viney

When this column began in October, 40 years ago, the acre had scraggy hawthorns leaning from the ditch, a big, wild willow sprawled across the stream (...)

This coming September, it will be 150 years since an ill-fated assault on a prison van in Manchester led to the hangings of Allen, Larkin, and O’Brien This coming September, it will be 150 years since an ill-fated assault on a prison van in Manchester led to the hangings of Allen, Larkin, and O’Brien

Mention of tree alphabets, Joycean and otherwise, last week has resulted in a small forest of correspondence. If I had been in any doubt beforehand as(...)

Sir, – The Society of Irish Foresters has added its voice to warnings from the Woodland League on the loss of trees from our parkland, roadside(...)

Protestors outside the Dail campaigning against the sale of Coillte harvesting rights. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As the Cabinet moves closer to a decision on the sale of Coillte’s harvesting rights,(...)

A stroll in the woods. Proposal to sell harvesting rights has not  been rationally assessed in relation to its impact on the public good, say critics. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The sale of the harvesting rights of State forestry company Coillte could actually cost the State more money in the long term,(...)

Under cover: at the feet of a specimen Sitka spruce. Illustration: Michael Viney

The enrichment of geography that Google now makes possible has had me browsing on the island of Sitka, off the ragged coast of Alaska but quite a b(...)