Ireland's first 'Nature Kindergarten' was the unusual setting for the launch last month of the 2015 Forestry and Timber Yearbook.
A Nature Kindergarten is an educational classroom with a difference, being based in a forest where children learn essential life skills to become their own risk assessors and to solve problems.
The first Irish branch of this Scandinavian-inspired concept was established by The Park Academy Childcare and is set on five acres of woodland in Kilruddery Estate, Bray, Co Wicklow.
The 2015 Forestry and Timber yearbook, the 26th edition of the publication, is a 200-page directory that is an essential reference book for forestry practitioners, growers and those working in wider industry. Yearbooks can be ordered online at www.forestryyearbook.ie (price €13.90 including postage) or by contacting ITGA at 17 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin. Tel: 01-2350520; email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pictured at the ITGA yearbook launch were (back, l-r): Donal Whelan, Irish Timber Growers Association, Minister Tom Hayes, Donal Magner, yearbook editor; Tom Byrne, Coillte; Brendan Lacey, chairman Irish Timber Growers Association; (front, l-r, from the Park Academy Nature Kindergarten): Henry Vance, Andrew Hannon, Mechteld Schuller (Irish Timber Growers Association), Stan Brooks, Daniel Tully, Jacob Santos, Eloi Kelly and Steffen Eriksen.