LIFE05 NAT/IRL/000182

Woodland Restoration in Ireland

Student group during National Tree Week at Site 1, Clonbur

Enthusiatic search for life on deadwood found at Site 1, Clonbur


Restoring Priority Woodland Habitats in Ireland

Getting the Message:
Native Trees and Shrubs

There is no one true definitive list of native tree and shrubs available. For example, some poplars are considered native and others not, same with willow and birch. Not all broadleaved trees in our woodlands are native to Ireland. Species such as sycamore, horse chestnut, beech and lime, to mention but a few are not considered native Irish trees and spread vigorously throughout the woodland.

Below are examples of species commonly found in the project sites and each have their own contribution to make to enhancing the biodiversity and flora and fauna in their woodland habitat.


Sessile Oak Quercus petraea
Pedunculate Oak Quercus robur
Wych Elm Ulmus glabra  
Ash Fraxinus excelsior
Silver Birch Betula pendula  
Downey Birch Betula pubescens
Alder Alnus glutinosa
Common/Wild Cherry Prunus avium  
Bird Cherry Prunus padus  
Aspen Populus tremula
Goat Willow Salix caprea  
Grey Willow Salix atrocinerea  
Bay Willow Salix pentandra  
Eared Willow Salix aurita  
Holly Ilex aquifolium
Rowan Sorbus aucuparia
Whitebeam Sorbus hibernica
Crab apple Malus sylvestris
Yew Taxus baccata
Juniper Juniperus communis
Scots Pine Pinus sylvestris


Hazel Corylus avellana
Hawthorn Crataegus monogyna
Blackthorn or Sloe Prunus spinosa
Guelder Rose Viburnum opulus
Spindle Euonymus europaeus
Alder Buckthorn Frangula alnus  
Purging Buckthorn Rhamnus catharticus
Elder Sambucus nigra
Broom Cytisus scoparius  
European Gorse Ulex europeaus  

Contact Us

PR/Administrator: Breda Lyons
Phone: + 353 (0)56 7753362

Project Manager: Sean Quealy
Mobile: + 353 (0)86 2854054

Coillte acknowledges the funding received from the EU LIFE-Nature programme

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LIFE05 Project Coillte Teoranta, Riverview House, Carlow Road, Kilkenny, Ireland

Coillte, registered in Ireland 138108