The Inspiring Giants Grove Project

The Giants Grove is a remarkable project. A living memorial of Giant and Coastal Redwoods dedicated to loved ones at Birr Castle, Birr, Ireland.

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. It will take 1200 years to mature. It is really something special. However, the Giants Grove is so much more than just Redwoods. The project was carefully planned to be of enormous benefit to the environment, across a wide range of aspects. The Redwoods are widely-spaced, dotted amongst a native woodland.

A Young Giant of the Giants Grove

The site consists of Oak, Ash, Birch, Hazel and Scot’s pine, with some Alder, Rowan, Hazel, Holly, Juniper and Spindle. It provides food and cover for a range of wildlife due to its well-developed canopy structure. Surrounded by existing native woodland, which provides essential connectivity between 300+ Hectares.

Certainly, one of the most exciting aspects of the Giants Grove is how it will connect two large blocks of native broadleaved woodland. The area is already home to red squirrels, voles, shrew, pine marten and even the reclusive otter, in addition to many more common woodland mammal species. There are also large populations of birds and bats, insects and butterflies, all of which will benefit from and thrive in the larger habitat created.  This project is special, on so many levels, in so many aspects. It’s fascinating to imagine how it will look in ten, a hundred or a thousand years.

President Higgins plants the first Giant
President Higgins plants the first Giant

Find out more on the Giants Grove website.

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