artful eco workings that cycle through: Close-to-Nature continuous cover forestry, experimental film-making, the eco-humanities field (deep ecology, ecocriticism, ecosophy, ecofeminism), writing & forest policy development; by cathy fitzgerald, visual culture, ncad, ireland

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notes on a small conifer plantation being transformed to a mixed species, permanent forest

Holly charging around Fritz' site on our visit to hear his plans on planting a woodland

Holly charging around on our visit to hear Fritz’ plans on planting a woodland; Fritz has been inspired to plant a woodland from the recent talk in Hollywood – YAY!!!

Since behaviour is contagious to the third degree, you don’t know which friends – and friends of your friends’ friends – might be moved, by your example, to also turn the page to the next chapter of the adventure story they were meant to live in mutuality with you.
Kare Anderson, Mutuality Matters (2012)

I’m looking forward to this Wednesday 11 March where I will be joining a panel for a discussion on Pathways Toward Sustainability – a joint initiative from the UCD Art in Science programme and The Lab Gallery (Dublin arts office). Each of the panel will be talking briefly from different perspectives, from the coast to the forest, from science to local authorities,  which is so important as moving toward sustainability affects so many aspects of our lives.

I’ll be very briefly talking about the ‘culture of un-sustainability’ that modern industrial society is immersed in. And, how my modest project of transforming a small monoculture plantation into a forest is creating a ‘story’ that envisions deeper sustainability understandings and agency, to help us move away from the status quo of monoculture, industrial forestry.  I will very briefly talking about how my own project connects with people from non-art areas: foresters, educators, writers, politicians, and some of the local people in the area the Hollywood project has touched. (more…)

Cathy Fitzgerald:

I’ve just been standing outside watching visiting birds from the continent enjoying the seeds from one of our Alder trees. They work in a chattery team. Some at the top of the tree knock the tiny pine cones to the ground; other birds in the team on the ground have their turn in getting the seeds from the dropped cones. My ecologist friend Faith was telling me we have more birdsong in Ireland at this time of year (in Wintery February) due to all these overseas visitors.

I came inside to find Pete’s blog post below. Peter is a fellow art and ecology artist and educator I met a few years ago. I thought you all might enjoy this post about ‘birdsong’, the ‘little flower’ and ‘small, little ways’ we can introduce change. Pete’s drawings are all made from natural local materials; he grinds his own charcoal and pigments to sensitively reflect on the area in which he lives with others, birds included.

Update if you are in the Devon area:

11th – 25th march 2015 –an exploration into non-plastic painting mediums

with Victoria (BC) based artist Clare Thomas (
residency, workshop and artist’s talk @ eARTh

Originally posted on expressions of an intimate ecology:

This morning I awoke to the sound of birdsong drifting through dawn-lit windows

The small, humble things in life offering sustenance in this big, big world

Spring hath sprung…

birdsong, compressed charcoal on paper © p ward 2015birdsong, compressed charcoal on paper © p ward 2015

“Curiously in amongst this plethora of Buddhism there was one token of Christianity – the autobiography of St Teresa of Lisieux. In spite of Tenzin Palmo’s antipathy to the Christian religion in general, she was drawn to the French saint who had entered a Carmelite nunnery when she was just fifteen and who had died at the age of twenty-four. She read her story several times and could quote from it at will.

‘The ironic thing is that the “little way” that she wrote about had nothing to do with the Way that I practiced. What I liked about her, however, was that she was very sensible. She sometimes slept through the…

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Sun powering up Hollywood Blackstairs Co. Carlow, February 2015

What timing! Hollywood #divests from fossil fuels on the international global weekend of “Go fossil fuel free – Divestment Day” 13-14 Feb 2015. Photo: Martin Lyttle

Global #Divestment Logo feb 13-14 2015

Today is the kind of day you seize with both hands.
Right now, the fossil fuel industry is on the defensive and fighting back — that’s because our Fossil Free movement has truly hit its stride.

Thousands of us across the planet are taking a stand today and tomorrow to end the age of fossil fuels — because that’s what it really means to solve the climate crisis.

Join in Global Divestment Day where you live:

The Hollywood forest transformation project shapes not only my long term eco art project. It influences how we live with the forest here and how we think about wider eco-social issues.

From our 2.5 acres we get an astonishing 70 tonnes of firewood every three years - Hollywood is such a clever young forest!!

From our 2.5 acres we get an astonishing 70 tonnes of firewood every three years – Hollywood is such a clever young forest!!

We’ve long wanted to move away from oil that heats our home; for the misery it causes people and other species in countries far away and because of the unfolding and accelerating calamity that is climate change. It is easier said than done in Ireland, where we are only re-establishing our forests and where most homes rely on imported heating oil from war-torn countries.

So over the last number of years we’ve been slowly saving and got a shed built to dry our timber (another masterpiece of wood working by Albert). This slatted wooden shed

has a small separate room to house a wood burner (gasifier). The latter item took more saving but it is being installed today.

Bernt from installing our blue wood gasifier today

Bernt from installing our blue wood gasifier today

And just by sheer coincidence Hollywood has timed the installation with the worldwide global weekend of action to raise awareness that the world needs to #divest from supporting fossil fuel companies. People, many of them courageous young students from all around the world are taking action to raise awareness this Valentines weekend to show their love for the Earth. See

Everyone is coming to terms with the necessity of “breaking-up” with fossil fuels!! So enjoy the wonderfully humorous video made by students below.

PS: If you don’t think #divestment is a powerful civil action consider this –

“Harvard’s endowment is the largest of any school in the world, at $36.4 billion. The students launched their sit-in (today) inside a building housing the offices of school administrators, including President Drew Fast. Hundreds of actions are expected around the world today and Saturday as part of Global Divestment Day.” (source: 13 Feb 2015)



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