Sioned Jones used to adore the landscape and wildlife of her adopted home in Bantry, a bucolic region in west Cork on Ireland’s Atlantic coast. She planted vegetables and herbs, foraged for nuts and berries and observed birds, insects, frogs and lizards.

Then, on land above her house, the state-owned forestry company Coillte planted a forest of Sitka spruce, a non-native species that Jones considered a dark, dank threat to biodiversity.

The Welsh grandmother got a chainsaw and started cutting – and cutting. A few trees at first, then dozens, then hundreds. In their place she planted native broadleaf trees – birch, hazel, oak, alder, crab apple and rowan – a guerrilla rewilding campaign that lasted more than 20 years.

What right does a non-native human have to discriminate against non-native plants?

14 thoughts on “Interesting”

  1. The Welsh grandmother got a chainsaw and started cutting

    Chainsaw? Do state foresters plant trees with trunks that are already >3″ thick? If they were saplings then a pair of stout shears would be more than enough.

  2. “The judge, Seán Ó Donnabháin, directed the jury to find Jones not guilty of the more serious charge of criminal damage to 500 Sitka spruce trees.”
    Why FFS? Or do laws no longer mean anything?

  3. How is forest a threat? Unless the trees are descended from those that came for a certain Scots king then the fucking forest is hardly likely to decide to plant itself in fresh locations is it.

    Another eco- mental case.

    I think the below will be the best response to Granny’s mental problems:

  4. But that means one’s denied the pleasure of breaking them, Julia. What are we supposed to do for entertainment?

  5. Forestry commisions citing environmentalism are shit. Eco-activists are shit. Many judges are shit.

    Perfect Irish shit storm.

  6. Its weird, the eco-nutters are very blood and soil when it comes to plants and animals, but humans, not so much………………..

  7. “the eco-nutters are very blood and soil when it comes to plants and animals”: that would leave Ireland terribly depleted of flora and fauna.

  8. I wonder how far inland this was. Bantry on the coast is pretty bleak and I suspect the soil pretty thin and the winds are a permanent hurricane. Perhaps spruce is suited to the conditions ??

  9. Wide shallow root systems, very tall tend to be much better in a group where they can shelter each other from windy conditions.
    Personally I quite like them, which is handy as they are native here, suspect the dark aspect was more about planting not being a natural pattern.
    Wet conditions similar to Pacific Northwest so would expect them to be ok in Cork, though wind/lack of shelter maybe an issue

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