17/10/2014 Conifer trees to be removed from Coole/Garryland Nature Reserve to allow for regeneration of woodland species

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has announced that it intends to fell and remove a number of Norwegian spruce trees as part of a plan to restore native woodland to parts of Coole/Garryland Nature Reserve, Gort, Co. Galway, the former home of Lady Gregory.

The felling and removal will take place over the next two months. A new forest trail will also be created as a result of the works.

Spokesperson Enda Mooney of the NPWS says:

“The removal of the non-native conifers will allow for the natural re-generation of native woodland species that cannot tolerate the dense shade under the evergreen trees. 

“Similar restoration work has proven successful previously at Coole.  Approximately 15 years ago a stand of Norway spruce was removed from the Nut Wood at the reserve and the area is now regenerating well into native woodland, with a good cover of ash, oak and hazel trees.

“The proposed felling and removal of the conifers will also involve the construction of a new forest road to facilitate the removal of the timber.  When the felling work is completed this road will be an addition to the existing walking trails at Coole.

“Restrictions on access to parts of the Reserve will be necessary in order to ensure the safety of the visiting public.  Access to the southern part of Coole will be closed, but access will still be available to the Garryland side and the northern side of Coole of the nature reserve, including the Walled Garden. The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht regrets any inconvenience that will be caused to visitors.” 

Local National Parks and Wildlife staff will be organizing an information walk on the morning of Saturday, 18th October at 11.00a.m.  The walk will be starting from the outside of the visitor centre at Coole.


Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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