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Coillte Consultation Opportunity

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IFSA encourages our members to respond to Coillte’s Forest Five Year Plans. It is your opportunity to engage with the ‘custodians of 7% of Ireland’s land’. The consultation period runs until Friday 1st May 2020.

See Coillte’s statement below: 

Coillte’s current BAU Strategic plans (forest five year plans) are due for review at the end of 2020.

With your help, Coillte will produce draft forest plans for the period 2021 – 2025 in the coming months. During this time we invite stakeholders to engage with us and submit their recommendations into this consultation process.

There will be 4 stages in this public consultation process as outlined below  :

Phase How it works Timeline
Phase 1 6 week public consultation when initial submissions are received March-May 2020
Phase 2 Coillte review and acknowledge all submissions received during Phase 1 May 2020
Phase 3 Draft plans formulated and published.  6 week public consultation when feedback and further submissions are received June-July 2020
Phase 4 Coillte review all stakeholder submissions to draft plan and produce final plan August-September 2020

We are inviting you to review our current plans which are available on our website (link – current plans) and submit your views and recommendations during Phase 1.  This public consultation period runs from Monday 23rd March 2020 until Friday 1st May 2020 (6 weeks). Submissions may be sent by email to consultation@coillte.ie or by post to :-

Ms Sharon Byrne, Coillte, First Floor, Block B, Marlinstown Office Park, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Please visit the Current Consultation (link) section of Coillte’s website to find out more about this consultation process.

Save the Date IFSA Autumn Gathering 2019

 Early Bird Booking has opened for the The Irish Forest School Association Autumn Gathering, co-hosted with the DCU Outdoor Learning Network . The theme is  ‘Forest School: Branching Out’  and will take place on the DCU All Hallows Campus on Saturday 19th October.  You can follow this link to book onlinehttps://irishforestschoolassociation.clr.events/event/128829:forest-school-branching-out
Early Bird Booking is available until the end of September. Sign-up for conference workshops and skillshare sessions is completed online as part of the booking. Preference is allocated to attendees on a first come first served basis, so we recommend early booking to ensure you can access your first choices. We invite you to choose 2 of the 4 workshops/skillshares offerings via this process. The full biographies of session leaders are detailed in the programme, along with the descriptions of all sessions.
 

Our 2019 Autumn Gathering will be held in Dublin on Saturday  19th October in DCU…more news soon

IFSA Conference & AGM 2019 – Bookings Closed

Dear friends,

Bookings are closed for  the 3rd Annual Conference and AGM of the Irish Forest School Association with the theme ‘Forest School: Rooted in Sustainability’. This will be held on the 25th & 26th of May in Fota Education Centre, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork. We are very excited to host Keynote Speaker Sara Knight who will give an address on the topic of ‘Sustainability: Discovering the world and your strong, positive place in it through immersive experiences’, alongside a vibrant array of workshop speakers, skillshare leaders and panel contributors detailed in the Conference  Programme – 
*** Please Note ***
Sign-up for conference workshops and skillshare sessions will be done in advance this year as part of the online booking system.
Preference is allocated to attendees on a first come first served basis, so we recommend early booking to ensure you can access your first choices. We invite you to choose 2 of the 4 workshops/skillshares offerings via this process. Details of workshops and skillshares are at this link: Final Workshops and Skillshare Outlines – IFSA Conference 2019.
 

IFSA Autumn Gathering – getting closer!

Bookings are open for the  IFSA & NIFSA Joint Autumn Gathering, at Clandeboye Estate, near Bangor, Co Down,  on Saturday 6th October!

IFSA Members  €45, including lunch.
Non-Members  €70, which includes lunch and membership up to May 2019

Information about the programme and workshops can be found here. Further details will issue once you have booked.

In a slight change this year, you can book and pay directly through this link: https://irishforestschoolassociation.clr.events/

Thanks so much!

 

Thanks to everyone who came along to our Autumn Gathering on Saturday 6th October in Clandeboye.   I hope everyone got home safely and was not too tired!  We feel it was a  really  important collaboration for us to share a gathering with our  fellow movement in the North, NIFSA, and key to our development on the island of Ireland  going forward.  We look forward to continued sharing and collaboration together over the next 10 years!
Thanks to everyone for your  energetic and whole hearted participation on the day and for all the sharing we did together. We hope that you feel renewed and supported by IFSA as you develop your thinking and practice around  Forest School over the coming year.
We shall post some images of the day shortly!

Autumn Gathering 2018

Just a few days left to make your booking for the  IFSA & NIFSA Joint Autumn Gathering, at Clandeboye Estate, near Bangor, Co Down,  on Saturday 6th October!

IFSA Members is €45, including lunch.
Non-Members is €70, which includes lunch and membership up to May 2019

Information about the programme and workshops can be found here. Further details will issue once you have booked.

In a slight change this year, you can book and pay directly through this link: https://irishforestschoolassociation.clr.events/

Any queries regarding membership can be directed to Mirjam at membership@irishforestschoolassociation.ie . Remember if you did not attend our AGM in May in Brigit’s Garden, your membership may have lapsed.

 

Tenders invited to assist us in a review process

The main objective of the work is to facilitate a review process that will support the Irish Forest School Association (IFSA) committee to draw together an agreed vision and mission statement.

It is envisaged that this process will provide the committee with a supported reflective space to facilitate these practical outcomes as the organisation moves into the next important phase of its development. This will also include a final agreed report including clear agreed decisions and any actions/tasks that emerge.

Timescale, budget and reporting requirements:

Date:

August 7th Time: 10.30 – 2.30pm.

Venue:

Kilkenny County Childcare Committee, Kilkenny Education Centre, Kilkenny.

Reporting:

The successful applicant will need to produce a report to be completed and submitted to the chairperson by 24th Aug. The budget for this will be no more than €300 inclusive of Vat. Experience of facilitating similar processes is required and an affinity with IFSA’s principles would be advantageous.

See the Irish Forest School Association Website:

http://www.irishforestschoolassociation.ie

Proposals by email to Joan Whelan, Chairperson by Fri July 13th. Email: irishforestschoolassociation@gmail.com

Download as a PDF. Irish Forest School Association July 2018