Tintern Abbey

The 100 Million Trees Project officially launched on 23rd November, with the planting of 2,000 native Irish trees and shrubs on lands at Tintern Abbey, Co. Wexford. 

The 100 Million Trees Project is a new national initiative developed by brothers, Richard and David Mulcahy, which aims to see the planting of 100 million native Irish trees and shrubs across the island of Ireland throughout the next decade, as a community-driven initiative to reverse the immense environmental damage caused by the reduction of forests worldwide.  

Supporters and sponsors of the initial 4 sites are:

Tom Enright (Chief Executive) of Wexford County Council has generously supported this by giving 4 sites in Wexford to this project.

Pat Caulfield (Chairman of Tintern Trails) and the OPW have been instrumental in giving a site in Tintern Abbey to launch the project.

Liam Stafford (Operations Manager of Coillte Estates) has provided the workforce to prepare the sites and plant the trees.

Catriona Taylor of Blessington Lakes Garden Centre has been our native Irish tree and shrub advisor.

Cliona Connelly, Environment Education Officer of Wexford County Council, for her Trojan work and her assistance with this project.

Des Walsh, Philanthropist and Irish businessman for funding for the initial 4 sites

We would also like to thank  Cappagh Nurseries, Greenking Composting, Webminded, Bailey & Blake Video Productions and Q4PR, all of whom have provided their services to this important project at reduced rates.

Watch Our Project Progress Video below

Tintern Abbey was founded by Cistercian monks in about 1200, under the patronage of William Marshall, on a small river that flows into Bannow Bay. The abbey is an evocative piece of Irish monastic history and takes its name from Tintern in Wales. Today an atmospheric ruin remains for visitors interested in Irish monastic history comprising of a nave, chancel, tower, chapel and cloister. 

In 1562, its lands were granted to Sir Anthony Colclough. The Colclough family, who lived there for the next 400 years modified the abbey and built many structures down through the years around the abbey, including bridges, a linen mill, a flour mill, battlement walls and the Georgian Walled Garden. 

The Walled Garden was built 520 metres southwest of Tintern Abbey. This enchanting Georgian Walled Garden has been restored to its former glory by volunteers and supporters. It is set on 2.5 acres and its ornamental and kitchen gardens are separated by a brick wall with distinctive intra-mural structures.  A river, crossed by five bridges, flows through the length of the garden providing a centrepiece to the structured landscape.

Tintern Abbey is looked after by the OPW and Coilte mange 50 hectares of woodlands at Tintern. Coilte is proud to be the custodian of 440,000 hectares or 7 % of Ireland’s land and is Ireland’s largest provider of outdoor recreation. 

Tintern Trails a local community group have developed 12 km walking trails at Tintern in conjunction with Coillte. Tintern trails also conduct the “A Woodlands for Health” programme for 4 years in conjunction with Coillte and Sports Active Wexford. 

The programme was founded by Coillte and coordinated nationwide by them. Other programmes like the Green Prescription and Green Ribbon Day are also carried out at Tintern. More recently Tintern Trails are developing more inclusive options on the Tintern site. Support for Tintern is in the range of 150,000 to 180,000 visits per annum.

The woods at Tintern have been gradually developed by the Colclough family and more recently by Coillte. There are up to 40 different species of trees on site. The mature beech trees in this area are up to 200 years old. The oaks grew from stool shoots where the previous crop had been harvested.

Coillte’s lands have been used by communities and businesses to develop and support local and community infrastructure. A haven for wildlife, all trails in the Tintern Demense will enable you to not only enjoy breath-taking views of Tintern Abbey but will also bring you on a voyage of discovery through woodlands where natures’ bounty is as its best.

Pleasant and serene landscapes with drifts of ferns, bluebells and wild garlic in the spring, where else would you want to be?

For more information, or if you can help to make our 100 Million Trees Project a success, please email us below