Green Sod Ireland protects Land and Their Ecosystem

Salrock, Connemara, Co. Galway




Salrock, Connemara, Co. Galway

Green Sod Ireland has been gifted 14 acres at Salrock;, Little Killary, Connemara in 2013, thanks to the generosity of Ms. Eileen Coyne.


The Connemara land is situated on the wind-swept hillside at Little Killary under the watchful eye of Mweelrea. It contains many distinct ecosystems from wet heath and rocky outcrops to native woodland. To the north it has a sheltered rocky shoreline dropping in to the Atlantic Ocean at Little Killary with mountain and peatland held in commonage to the south and west.

A plan for the land is in progress starting with a biodiversity study to be organized with research students from local colleges.

It is our intention to create ‘WildAcres’ the length and breadth of the country, in an attempt to protect Ireland’s rich biodiversity and this is another huge step towards achieving our vision.

Green Sod Ireland hopes that Eileen’s action will inspire other landowners to do likewise and place land beyond any human development.











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Red Bog, Co. Carlow

Green Sod Ireland acquired "Red Bog" in 2010, thanks to the generosity of Mr David Rowe, RIP, who decided to gift his land to Green Sod.

The land, in the form of five fields, is species-rich grassland and has a raised boundary bank of furze bushes, with a stream bordering one side. The 5 acres include two houses, a large shed, a lawn, an organic vegetable garden, an orchard planted with a variety of fruit trees, and the five fields.

Volunteers have played a major role in the work at Red Bog. Meitheals* began in 2012.

* Meitheal - coming from an Irish way of life where communities came together to help at times of planting or harvesting.

These Meitheals have been very important for lots of reasons namely raising the profile of Green Sod among the local community in Co. Carlow, and supported our first land donor, David Rowe to work the garden he tended so well in the past and enjoy the fruits of his orchard.

The land, which has been worked and nurtured by Mr. David Rowe, will be allowed to thrive in all its biodiversity for posterity. It has been planted with trees over the years, but in the main nature has been allowed to take its own course and as a result the land is teeming with wildlife.

Check out what is happening at Red Bog Meitheals.

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