WHY IT MATTERS: Rhododendron, A Terrible Beauty

Ah Rhododendron season - a flood of eye popping, electric pink covers great swathes of Ireland’s landscape. Summer has arrived. At first glance, this is a beautiful show. But, look again. Look closer. Delicate, rare and ancient ecosystems are under threat, soon to be subsumed by this seemingly invincible plant. This is a terrible beauty. This is the story of Ireland’s catastrophic Rhododendron invasion - Read on to find out why it matters and what we can do.

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GUIDE TO: Seaweed Foraging

Forget about learning everything. This is not an exam. Learn to positively identify a few seaweeds to start, and over time, add to your bank of knowledge… Here are five of our favourite seaweeds for those just beginning their seaweed foraging journey..

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GUIDE TO: Passing time with trees.

In spring the beech tree is often the first to herald a new year. In early April, delicate leaves begin to unfurl. When the sunshine breaks through the clouds, sunlight passes through the soft young leaves. In that moment the whole tree shimmers and glows.

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