Vale of Clara, County Wicklow, Ireland


A private estate that is pioneering continuous cover forestry (CCF) within an important watershed

Site visit: 18 May 2019

The Vale of Clara, in County Wicklow, is among the more densely wooded valleys in Ireland. There are many fine examples of Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF). The images here are from one of the most advanced woodlands, with a history of active CCF management over the past 15 years. The transformation to irregular structure is well underway. The dominant species is Douglas fir, but in the understorey there is a mix of at least 12 conifer and broadleaf species. Photos: Digital.

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