Hometree

Crainn

Our work is to establish and conserve permanent native woodland in Ireland, encouraging land regeneration and biodiversity through afforestation, restoration and education.

Ireland was once a land of forests. At one time, up to 80% of the country was covered in native wildwood. Irish culture still contains echoes of this, in Ireland’s ‘tree alphabet’ – the ancient Ogham script – in the Gaelic names for common trees, folklore, and song.

Yet today, Ireland is the most deforested country in Europe. Just over 1% of that original forest cover remains. Hometree is changing this. Our vision is the restoration of Ireland’s ancient wildwood. Through conservation, afforestation and education, we aim to create a landscape in which people and forests flourish, together.

Hometree began in a small community garden project in winter 2015, where we saw how important it was for people to connect with nature. Five years on, hometree has planted over 30,000 pioneer trees like scots pine, willow and alder, while hundreds of people have contributed time and resources to the vision of incorporating more trees into the Irish landscape, bringing all the benefits that woodlands create.

Our current fundraising comes from partnerships, people and businesses who share and wish to support Hometree’s goals and those who are curious to educate themselves and connect to their sense of stewardship for the natural world. We’ve worked with over 50 businesses, from small startups to multinational organisations like Medtronic, the global leader in medical technology.

What began as a tree-planting charity is growing into a project which endeavours to deeply connect people with nature, and facilitates a wide variety of projects that are fundamental to addressing both Ireland’s declining biodiversity and the unfolding climate challenge.


Three Branches of Hometree

Reforestation Nation

Crainn

Our mission is simple, plant trees, absorb CO2, transform our environment, increase biodiversity, and help educate people on why restoring nature is essential for all of us.

Ireland, was once the most forested country in Europe, over thousands of years of deforestation our forests where reduced to just 1% by the 1920’s. Since then our forest cover has increased to 11% still lower than any other country in Europe. This eleven-fold increase, however, is quite misleading, as only 2% of Ireland is actually covered in native Irish trees, the other 9% is non native conifer plantations. These mono-cultures provide very little habitat for our native wildlife as they spent millions of year evolving in a different ecosystem the other side of the planet.

We are a local Irish social enterprise with the purpose of helping restore the lost biodiversity of our local environment through the planting of native trees while helping people across Ireland and the world become carbon neutral. We will first plant ten thousand trees, once we have achieved this we will set a new goal to plant even more trees. Through the planting of these trees, 10 million kilograms of CO2 will be absorbed from the atmosphere helping Ireland achieve its climate change targets faster. These trees will provide nesting material, shelter and food for Ireland’s declining bird population. They will also act as cover for mammals like hedgehogs and badgers to allow them to wander the countryside undisturbed. Finally, they will also provide nectar for butterflies and bees, 30% of which could go extinct in the next ten years, if we don’t offer them a helping hand.

We can not do this alone. We will be partnering with land owners to plant trees on unused land and along field margins. We will be also be reaching out to the people and the businesses of Ireland to help achieve our goal of biodiversity and a better environment for us all to live in!

Sunday Sessions at Carrowcrory Labyrinth Gardens

Eolas Ársa

A quiet tranquil space in rural Co. Sligo where nature joins traditions, and sources of stories and inspiration are abundant.

Carrowcrory Sunday Sessions is our online weekly time of exploring nature centred sidhe, water, and tree folklore, and connecting this to your favourite sanctuary spaces. From within our own Tree Labyrinth Garden we broadcast encouragement to contemplate this lore from within your own favourite nature sanctuary. Then express your inspired visions there through your poetry, writing, art, craft and problem solving.

Wild Irish Retreat

Eolas Ársa

When a language is lost it creates a rupture in the national psyche. To lose a language is to lose the knowledge of the environment and the accumulated wisdom of our ancestors, for without knowing our history, we cannot understand our present.  We are in need of a cure.

We believe that by awakening the language within, we awaken ancestral memories and the wild nature that is our heritage. 

To that end, we create a space and the activities for a person to connect with the wildness within and without.

The Woodland League

Crainn

The Woodland League is a not-for-profit, independent, community-based, non-denominational and non-political organisation. Our aim is to restore the relationship between people and their native woodlands.

We support the philosophy underpinning Agenda 21, the blueprint for a sustainable future agreed by 176 nations at Rio De Janero in 1992. This concept calls for the balancing of man-made systems and natural eco-systems. We are also guided by the Brehon law system of Ireland, which along with other ancient & indigenous people’s systems are the projenitors of this new wave of ecological thinking. The outdated model of development, which is still being followed, can not deliver a sustainable future for this planet. Agenda 21 provides a framework to create new models for sustainable development sorely needed at this juncture in time.

The Convention on Biological Diversity 1993, to which Ireland is a signatory, states that native forests must be granted highest priority for protection, conservation and enhancement. All stability in nature, of soil, air and water is conferred by native trees. The native trees of any place are nature’s highest achievement in the plant kingdom.

We are helping communities become aware of their rights and entitlements under Agenda 21, to clean air, soil and water via increased native woodlands. We hold walks and talks throughout the country promoting native woodland heritage and actively lobby to change Irish forestry policy.

Ripple Effect Ireland

Uisce

Highlighting how seaswimming can have a positive impact on many aspects of your life including #wellbeing

The Ripple Effect Ireland was set up on 2021 with the intention of spreading the good word about sea swimming and its benefits. We wanted to highlight that sea swimming not only impacts the person swimming but also how it can massively benefit other areas of their lives. Everyone has their own thing they take from sea swimming and if our page can inspire even just one person to take the plunge then the ripple effect of that spreads throughout. Sea swimming is a brilliant community of like minded people.

Moy Hill Farm

Tallamh

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.