The Environmental Benefits of the Giants Grove

The Environmental Benefits of the Giants Grove

The Environmental Benefits of the Giants Grove

The Giants Grove is a remarkable project – the establishment of an 8 hectare woodland dominated by the world’s largest trees, the worlds largest organism by volume, that will take 1200 years to mature, is really something special. But the Giants Grove is so much more than just Redwoods, the project has been carefully planned to be of enormous benefit to the environment, across a wide range of aspects.

The Redwoods will be widely-spaced, dotted amongst a native woodland, consisting of Oak, Ash, Birch, Hazel and Scot’s pine, with some Alder, Rowan, Hazel, Holly, Juniper and Spindle. It will provide food and cover for a range of wildlife due to its well-developed canopy structure. It will also be surrounded by existing native woodland, providing essential connectivity between 300+ Hectares. It will have a pond, waterways, open-space, retained hedgerows and deadwood, and will support fungus, lichen, flora and fauna. As regards aesthetics, amenity and biodiversity, the Giants Grove will be truly unique.

The Giants Grove Project is a partnership between Birr Castle Estate and Crann

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Environmental Benefits of the Giants Grove

  • Raymond Ross
    Posted at 12:59h, 02 October Reply

    Is there any potential for commercial development of these giant redwoods in managed forests over a shorter life cycle. Will they reproduce naturally in Irish conditions?

    • Alicia Clements
      Posted at 09:41h, 04 October Reply

      Hi Raymond,
      Thank you for your questions. I think the Giants grow too fast to be a useful commercial timber, fast growing timber is far weaker than slow grown timber.
      And no, Giants need fire to naturally regenerate, so there’s little chance of them reproducing themselves now, but with climate change who knows what will happen.

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