Blooming Native

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Blooming Native Wildflowers Seeds have been at the heart of my family history since 1859, when my great great great grandfather, William Power, opened his first nursery, florist, and seed merchant’s business in Waterford.

Since then, the Power family business has been centred on quality seed production and continues to operate a successful agricultural seed business.

With a passion for our environment, I want to share how wildflower seeds can play their part in biodiversity and reveal the joy of Native Wildflowers in our ecosystem. I am grateful to be able to harness my family expertise in seed and continue this tradition as a new and sixth generation of the Power family.

William Power & Co florist Waterford

Sowing wildflower seeds will provide a habitat for pollinators, seeds for wild birds, support biodiversity, promote our wellbeing and bring us joy. Blooming Native mixes can be used anywhere, whether it be your garden or the greater countryside. 

Native Wildflower seeds will reward in so many ways.

Give it a go!

Save the Hellfire Club

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SOUTH DUBLIN COUNTY COUNCIL WANTS TO SPEND OVER €22 MILLION TO TRANSFORM MASSY’S ESTATE AND THE HELLFIRE CLUB INTO A MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTION   ​    

Friends of Massy’s Wood, Residents Associations and Community Groups have joined forces to protect this natural wilderness from inappropriate development. We need your support to maintain the natural integrity of the landscape and protect the environment from commercial exploitation.

As part of the SDCC plan, they intend to construct a large “interpretive centre” and a sky-bridge that extends over the road between the two grounds. The scale of this development can only have a negative impact on what is already a very fragile environment. Regular visitors will notice that the grounds of the Hellfire Club have already suffered from frequent logging. The trees near the entrance of the park were cut down last year, leaving a desolate expanse. The ecosystem has suffered drastically as a result.

We believe that this proposal by South Dublin County Council will have a catastrophic impact upon an already beautiful and natural amenity and its surrounding environs for the following reasons:

Interpretive Centre
Approximately the size of a shopping centre; catering for 300,000 visitors per annum and associated car parking.

Environment & Wildlife
The development will change forever this valuable amenity, environment and fragile ecosystem. This wilderness is a rich and diverse habitat and is home to many wildlife species including the rare red squirrel, brown hare and woodpeckers etc.

Road Safety
This narrow rural road cannot accommodate existing traffic volumes. Road capacity, access, visibility and effects on pedestrians, cyclists, horse riders and wildlife are being ignored.

Archaeology
This is a Neolithic landscape of huge national and international importance. It has not been fully investigated. This rush to development can only result in obliterating potential treasures. According to Abarta Heritage, who carried out the recent excavations on Montpelier Hill, “there is much more to be discovered about the site.

Cable-car and tree-top footbridge
These grounds are a natural wilderness not a theme park.

Admission Charges
This natural wilderness, which is enjoyed by all, will no longer be free.

We Are The Ark

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ARK = ACTS OF RESTORATIVE KINDNESS

Weaving a patchwork of safe havens for Nature globally, in our gardens, schools, public spaces and beyond.

Here are some initial steps you can take right now in your own garden/yard/land to build an Ark! Visit our How To Build An Ark section for even more details for each step.

Step 1. Give at least half of your garden or land back to nature. If not half, as much as you can manage. Try to grow as much of your own organic food as possible in the other half. Protect and guide your Ark to re-wild through natures natural processes and it will become a more and more complex ecosystem over time. All land is welcome, even a window box full of local soil that allows the native weed seeds to flourish and provide food and reproductive partners for the insects is great!

Step 2. Put up a sign saying
“THIS IS AN ARK – www.wearetheark.org ”
This simple action removes the shame that people feel about having a messy garden, and replaces it with pride that you’re doing something important to help all the creatures we are supposed to share the planet with. The website is set up to explain to interested neighbours what is happening there on your Ark and why it is necessary.

Step 3. Remove any non-native ‘Invasive plants’. This is difficult on a large scale but on our individual patches of earth, we can manage it easily enough by hand and through borrowed grazers or heavy sheet mulching. These plants do not move at 100MPH. There is NO place for chemicals in an ark, they cause many more problems than they solve and are very destructive to life on all levels.

Step 4. Step in and provide any ecosystem services that we may need to provide due to the absence of the full circle of life. The aim is to create as many different habitats as possible in the land you have, habitats that would normally be created by keystone species which are missing from our island Arks. This develops as diverse an ecosystem as possible on your patch. If you have the space, consider creating multiple habitats such as an Ark meadow, a bare earth bank, piles of deadwood, a wildlife pond, a scrubby thorny thicket, a mature native woodland, a dry-stone wall etc.

Step 5. Native plants are the foundation stone to any ecosystem. Arks are based on the native plants in your part of the world, wherever you may be. After careful observation of your Ark, if your soil is damaged or devoid of growth, the weed seed bank may be absent. In that case, sow an Ark meadow or a wildflower meadow to reboot the system and slowly introduce as many native plants as possible. Only use locally sourced native organic seeds, cuttings and plants (if possible) as these are vital genetic material for the local insect populations and have not been grown with poisons. Building your Ark involves careful mimicking of nature’s natural processes.

Step 6. Make holes in your boundaries to allow wildlife to pass through. Learn to share your patches of this earth.

Step 7. ARK Lighting. The blue and white toned lighting which is now in standard use, is one of the major factors in biodiversity collapse. Please aim for darkness or make sure all your ARK lights are amber or red in tone (Doesn’t affect them nearly as much). Make sure the outdoor lights are motion sensor only so that they only come on for short times when you need them and allow darkness to prevail in between.

Step 8. Get together with like-minded folk and approach your councils and home owners associations, your schools and university campuses and ask for support to turn more and more park and public land into Arks.

Step 9. Please mark your Ark on our map of Arks so that we can eventually try and connect up the dots with wildlife corridors in our future vision for this movement.

Moy Hill Farm

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HELLO!

moy hill is a farm: we grow worthy food, build soil, regenerate systems, plant flowers and trees and work to leave what is in our care healthier than we found it.

moy hill is also a community: we grow culture, honesty, accountability, reverence and joy. 

MOY HILL is a YES to:

– more good food growing 
– more woodland planted
– more sovereignty over our food, water and education

We want more

Good food growing and reaching bellies in the most delicious, nourishing way possible. We care about things like: soil, wildlife, the ocean, renewable energy, animal welfare, the most vulnerable in society, and food good enough for our children.

This year we will grow to provide 75 weekly veg boxes for local families.  

WOODLAND PLANTED

14,000 native trees like oak, rowan, hazel and birch have been planted on our farm. This land is protected and will become a natural woodland ecosystem over the coming years – something we see as vital for supporting animal and plant welfare. 

We have created a 300 tree apple, pear and plum orchard. You’re welcome to visit!

SOVEREIGNTY Over our food, water and education:

We see and feel a foundation of vibrant food, clean water, and right education as a step towards lifelong happiness, health and purpose. We cannot expect those (often decent and caring) people in ‘government’ to match and create our desires, or to perceive the subtle rhythms of our land – it is up to us. Yes, we can do it. But as old men and women, may we gather and know that we did our absolute, bravest, boldest best to leave a better world for our children.

We frequently receive visits from educational institutions (Irish and UK universities, Steiner and conventional schools etc); resourcing more of this is a key function of the farm.

SPACE

For people to contribute their time and resources in benefit of all:

More subtle work is happening here, work which outlasts any box of lettuce or sugar snap peas. That is the work of healing.

Each week dozens of people pass through the farm – activists, supporters, tourists, surfers, musicians, craftsmen, neighbours and those known as ‘shovel-brothers’. Some come to give their energy or technical knowledge, some bring their children to play, others share good times and food. Yet there are also those for whom the farm is a place to ‘take a breath’ – to stop, relax and come back to self-care. This has become known as social farming.

Earthwise

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Jackie Queally Welcomes you to EarthWise

You may wonder “What is earth spirituality?” Well, have you a yearning to reconnect with Nature? Are you keen to deepen your awareness of the Sacred? Currently all tour options are in abeyance. However my guide to Rosslyn Chapel will allow you to take a meaningful tour of this sacred site, and likewise one of my books on the Burren in Ireland will allow you to enjoy many itineraries. I invite you to relax and let your mind journey with me in these informative deep books. Please click on them for greater details. I hope to meet you one day! Be well!

Sacred Knowledge

My books on earth spirituality refer to well-known and hidden sacred places, offering rare, in-depth knowledge of ley lines, & earth energies, helping your spiritual awakening.

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  • Explore Gaia Touch exercises
  • Enjoy healing sounds played in nature
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  • Discover the purpose of the inner core of Knights Templar
  • Discuss whatever interests you e.g. earth wisdomsacred geometry, folklore or the Celtic Tree calendar..

Earth Spirituality in tours, books, workshops and talks

Jackie Queally, Creator of Earthwise

A well-established and respected author, spiritual dowser and guide Jackie was the original and regular external guide to Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland. Based in Ireland since 2009 her insightful  tours and workshops  not only educate: they nurture your deeper sense of self.

SLOW TOURS AND RETREATS

She offers “slow tours” such as her spiritual day tours in the magical Burren in the west of Ireland where she lives.  The tours have led to many experiencing some form of spiritual awakening.

Jackie is available for private retreats and group spiritual tours. Private itinerary plans devised for Ireland and Scotland.

The Ireland Way

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The Ireland Way, or Slí na hEireann in Gaelic, is a walking/cycling route 1,000 km/620 miles long which begins in the rugged south-west coast of Ireland in the small fishing village of Castletownbere and ends in the north coast of Northern Ireland, just past the famous Giants Causeway. Along The Ireland Way you will explore seven mountain ranges, woodland, farmland, bogland, coasts, rivers and lakes across Ireland and Northern Ireland.