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Friday 11-Jun-2021 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM


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For our panel discussion on Friday, 11th June, we will be joined by Janet Laffey from Green Sod Ireland, Randal Plunkett 21st Baron of Dunsany and Paul Handrick of Bee Sanctuary Ireland. Janet Laffey will give an overview of what Green Sod Ireland (GSI) is about followed by an outline of the GSI land bank and where they are at on their rewilding journey. Randal Plunkett will relate his experience of rewilding of the estate at Dunsany Castle in County Meath. The Dunsany Estate covers some 1,600 acres, stretching from Kileen to Tara and Glane of which around 750 acres are now being rewilded as the Dunsany Reserve. Paul Handrick will give an overview of the work of The Bee Sanctuary of Ireland in Wicklow and will also talk about their National Meadowland initiative which asks farmers to pledge 2% of their land back to organically-managed traditional wildflower meadows. Recommended Watching This month, we are recommending two Ted Talks to watch before attending. “Restoring the ancient Caledonian Forest in Scotland” with ‘Trees for Life’ founder, Alan Watson Featherstone, and "The Paradigm shift that Leads to Survival and Sustainability" with John D. Liu who has documented dessertified landscapes that through eco-system restoration have turned into green oases and fertile agricultural areas. Janet Laffey is the founder of Emerge Environmental Design with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in Landscape Horticulture, and an MSc in Water Resources and Catchment Management at Heriott Watt University, Edinburgh. Janet runs the "Bee Aware" workshops in primary schools in the West of Ireland and also works as project coordinator for a number of regeneration and rewilding projects on behalf of Green Sod Ireland. Randal Plunkett 21st Baron of Dunsany is an Irish film director and producer as well as a landowner and holder of one of the oldest surviving Irish peerage titles and one of the longest-inhabited houses in Ireland. Paul Handrick is the co-founder, with his wife Clare-Louise, of the only sanctuary on the planet totally dedicated to our native wild bees - The Bee Sanctuary of Ireland.

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