Bracken Trampling Volunteers

  We are looking for Bracken Trampling Volunteers. With the success of our ongoing conservation work in Wicklow we are holding another bracken trampling event at Knockree Youth Hostel at 11am on Saturday the 29th of July. We are looking for volunteers to do some bracken trampling for a few hours (or whatever time you […]

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Hellfire Club

The Hell Fire Club situated on the top of Montpelier Hill in the Dublin mountains has been a popular destination for family outings for generations of Dubliners. It’s a challenging climb to get to the top but once you do get there, you are richly rewarded by spectacular panoramic views over Dublin city and its […]

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World Environmental Day

World Environmental Day, in special honour of our life sponsor: Planet Earth.     Let’s start with a brief overview of what this day is all about… World Environment Day (WED) – 5th of June every year, so for all of you nature lovers, put it in your calendar. This day is all about encouraging environmental […]

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Wombles and Nature

In 1969, Elisabeth Beresford published the first iteration of The Wombles and went on to write a further five novels about Wimbledon’s noblest residents. How could she envision the importance of her creations? The burrow living, nature loving, rubbish collecting, pointy nosed fur balls soon became public favorites and eventually gained two stints on our […]

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Connemara in Springtime

  Connemara in springtime is now sitting on our doorstep and it’s the time of year to plan the next adventure. You could do worse than head for Connemara where the water and the sky mix in the sunlight. Come with us to view this fairy tale landscape. 1. Firstly, we start off with a […]

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Earth Day 2017

Since 1970, April 22nd has been assigned as Earth Day, the day when everyone is urged to take action to solve the major environmental issues facing the world. For example, the landmark climate protection Paris Agreement was signed by some 175 countries, including Ireland, on Earth Day 2016. The theme for this year’s Earth Day was […]

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Hostels near Forests in Ireland

Today is International Day of Forests and the theme this year is “Forests and Energy“. Along with being sources of renewable energy, the forests of Ireland have a unique atmosphere about them. Without going full-hippy they have a character about them that is different to the open trails or the mountains. It may be because of […]

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Knockree Conservation Plan Launch

Today An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association announce their plan to officially launch their Five Year Conservation Plan for their Knockree Youth Hostel site on March 10th by the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle T.D. An Óige bought the 24 hectare site in 1938. They transformed the original hostel […]

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Karli in Delphi Valley & Westport

The next part of my journey would take me to Westport in County Mayo through the gorgeous Delphi Valley.  There were no cars in sight just me, my bike and sheep on a lonely stretch of road peacefully cycling through a valley of mountains. You don’t realize how few songs you know all the words to […]

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Knockree Nature Conservation Management Plan

Back in Autumn 2016, volunteers from Knockree Conservation Group collected seed from local plants which they hope to grow on in a small tree/plant nursery at the back of the Knockree Youth Hostel in the Wicklow Mountains. These plants of local provenance will be used in the restoration of some of the hedgerow on the […]

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