Friday August 14, 2020

Out of the woods

There are moves afoot to restore Ireland’s forests, but the controversy over which types of tree to plant shows few signs of easing.

28th February, 2009

What do we see when we look at a tree? As the poet William Blake suggests, that depends entirely on who is looking. For most of us, trees are vaguely good things that adorn our surroundings in a pleasant but unremarkable way - after the childhood climbing phase, we pay them little heed unless they impede us or are abruptly felled.

The more environmentally aware see trees with more conscious approval, knowing that they remove...

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