A visit to Future Forests will bring your garden to life this Spring

Posted on: 5th March, 2014

Category: Home, Garden & Environment

Contributor: West Cork People

It’s such an exciting time of year in the garden, as the buds swell and the days lengthen. This year the outdoors got such a hammering from the elements over the long winter but the delightful signs of Spring are here, the first golden daffodils are nodding in the wind, the  hazels are dressed with elegant catkins and even the birds are starting to chirp with glee!

Now is the time to get out and tidy up. The ground will be leached of nutrients from all the rain, so a good mulch on existing plants is strongly recommended, especially fruit trees and roses but almost all plants will benefit from a good layer of well rotted manure, if you have your own, use it!. Alternatively ‘Gee Up’ is a great product that gardeners love, it’s bagged horse manure and made in Cork,. ‘Gee Up’  feels and smells like rich soil and a layer, two or three inches deep around your plants, will get everything off to a flying start for the growing season ahead.

After all the damaging storms, perhaps you have gaps to fill, or new areas to plant after removing fallen trees, or you may even be thinking about improving the shelter in your garden? March is an ideal month to get planting, especially ‘bare root’, as it’s still safe to move until Easter; the worst of the winter weather has hopefully passed  and the plants are bursting with energy to get growing.

Bare root plants are grown in the ground and lifted to order. Planting ‘bare root’ offers great choice, quality and a cost effective way to build up your garden. Future Forests specialise in bare root plants, from mixed hedging to roses, shelter belts to fruit and have possibly the best range in Ireland.

Hazel Flowers

Hazel Flowers

The ethos at Future Forests is useful, fruitful and beautiful plants and this can be experienced, as you walk around this very special nursery, the herb area is full of all the usual culinary herbs, as well as many useful varieties such as Golden Feverfew or Clary Sage. Mostly priced at €3 each or any five for €10, they also have an ever changing range of alpines at the same great deal!

The selection of unusual and exciting herbaceous plants are starting to fill the stands; back by popular demand is the very special offer of perennials in 9cm pots at €3 each and any 10 for just €25!

Irish Primroses

Irish Primroses

A new addition this Spring is the recently released range of Irish Primroses, carefully bred over 35 years by Fitzgeralds nursery in Co Kilkenny. These exciting new primroses come in a range of colours, from the dark velvety red flowers of Primula ‘Inisfree’ to the frilly pink flowers of Primula ‘Glengarriff’, available now and priced at €4 each and three for €10.

Now is also the time to plant spring flowering bulbs ‘in the green’, Bluebells, Snowdrops and even the beautifully scented Lily of the Valley can be planted now and will establish well for a colorful show next Spring. These, as well as any plants listed on the future forest website www.futureforests.net can be purchased from the nursery or sent by mail order, usually for just

Lily of the valley

Lily of the valley

€15 per delivery. From Friday, March 7, Future Forests will have a stand in Bantry Market each week, find them between the Bank of Ireland and JJ Crowleys Pub, they are very happy to take orders and have them ready for collection at the stall each week.

Future Forests is based between Kealkil and Gougane Barra on the R584, open seven days a week: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm and Sundays from 2.30 to 6pm. Email: futureforests@gmail.com or call 027 66176.


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Wave to Mary! 65-year-old Mary Nolan Hickey is running around the entire coast of the Island of Ireland to raise funds & awareness for the RNLI and is currently running the roads of West Cork.

Mary is the only woman to have completed every single Dublin Marathon (all 38 of them). She’s also completed the grueling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert, known as the ‘toughest foot race on earth’.

To mark her 50th year involved in Athletics Mary is taking on her biggest challenge yet (even though she thought she’d already done that when completing the Dublin Marathon when she was over six months pregnant!) She wants to raise as much money as possible for the RNLI.

Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

Mary will stop off at as many RNLI stations as possible, on her once in a lifetime adventure. As far as she knows no other woman has ever taken on this challenge.

Speaking about her journey Mary said:

“I wanted to prove that age not a barrier. Coming from a coastal town I have a deep affinity with our local RNLI station & volunteers and have huge admiration for the brave men and women who risk their lives to save lives at sea”.

Mary, who’s depending on the goodwill of communities along her route for accommodation, has been astounded by the response so far. “The support has been overwhelming,” she said. “I have met the most amazing and encouraging people along the way”.

To see more about Mary’s adventures, and to pinpoint her location today, check out her Facebook page - rnlilapofthemap2018.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

If you have any questions please call Marguerite McQuaid on 087 900 9494
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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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