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Cloughjordan Ecovillage and Cultivate present….

13.30 - 15.00 - SUNDAY 21st MAY 2017
Starting at the Community Amphitheatre

A walk and walk with ecologist and RTE’s “EcoEye” presenter Anja Murray

Anja Murray will begin this session with a talk held in the stunning new outdoor Community Amphitheatre in Cloughjordan ecovillage. This will be followed by a guided tour of the biodiversity and tourism elements of the project. Participants should be prepared for an outdoor event, waterproofs and sturdy shoes are recommended. Cloughjordan Ecovillage has been recognised as one of Europe’s most successful projects modelling the transition to a low-carbon society. It features a biodiversity trail, allotments for growing food, a community farm and apiary, research gardens and a community woodlands. Also the new Brefne-Beara Walkway (BBW), Ireland’s first Heritage National Waymarked Trail linking the Beara peninsula with Leitrim, comes through the Ecovillage.

This event is organised by the Education Group at Cloughjordan Ecovillage

15.00 - 16.30 - SUNDAY 21st MAY 2017 - WeCreate Enterprise Centre, Cloughjordan Ecovillage

Presentation by writer & journalist Lenny Antonelli followed by a panel discussion and reflections with broadcaster Duncan Stewart.

‘Rewildling’ aims to end intensive human management of habitats and allow them to re-generate naturally. This could mean the creation of large new areas of native woodland and forest, and new wetlands on cutaway bog, offering significant economic opportunities in marginalised rural areas. In this TED style talk writer and journalist Lenny Antonelli will look at what rewilding is and how it differs from traditional habitat conservation. He will explore its potential to create new eco-tourism enterprises in rewilded areas, based around walking, hiking, mountain biking, nature-watching and other adventure activities, as well as local craft and food industries centred around local nature and wildlife.

The panel discussion will explore the opportunities of developing sustainable eco-tourism enterprises centred on ‘rewilding' project areas, with a particular focus on the midlands.
Facilitated by Davie Philip the panel includes Lenny, Anja, Ricky Whelan, a director of the Abbeyleix Bog Project and others to be announced.

Broadcaster Duncan Stewart will close the session with his reflections on ‘rewilding’.

This event is organised by Cultivate Living and Learning

For further details, directions or to book a place at these events contact Davie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 0505 56061
 (Booking is not essential)

These are free events are supported by Notice Nature and the Irish Environmental Network, and held in association with the Cloughjordan Community Development Committee's 2017 National Biodiversity Week Programme. For more details contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or see For the full programme of this year’s Cloughjordan Biodiversity Week see

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