23 10, 2015

2016 Events at the Barn

With the clocks going back at the weekend, we know that the year is winding down, so it is time to look forward to 2016! We are planning lots of events for the coming year and we will also be highlighting our amazing Eco Centre which is suitable for so many different types of events [...]

17 09, 2015

Wild Food Summer School

It's Wednesday evening, just three days since  our 2015 Wild Food Summer School ended. We had three days of foraging, talks, film, demonstrations, wild food cooked by extraordinary chefs and the brilliant and one and only Miles Irving who was with us for the weekend, sharing his passion and love of foraging and how we [...]

20 03, 2015

First Foraging Workshop April 12th 2015

I am writing this as the sky darkens, birds fall silent and it looks like night time here in the Blackstairs. March  20th, the morning of the partial solar eclipse. It does look peculiar out there! However  despite the darkness we are kicking off our Spring season with lots of events here at our Eco [...]

2 02, 2015

6 11, 2014

Winter Herbal & Culinary Larder

About Winter Herbal & Culinary Larder workshop A hands on workshop to stock up your larder with herbal tonics, salves and creams to keep you fighting fit for winter. Jacquie Burgess our Master Herbalist will ensure our wellness and preparedness for winter.We will also cook up some delicious treats EG Sloe Gin,Rowan Berry Schnapps,Turkish Delight [...]

11 10, 2014

Ten Things I liked about the Wild Food Summer School – David Donohoe

  Ten things I loved about The Blackstairs Eco Trail's  Summer School Autumn has always been my favourite season, with that golden sun that burrows beneath the skin to leave enough glow to last the winter - the same sun that ripens the fruits of the hedgerows and jolts those enigmatic mushrooms into springing forth. [...]

18 06, 2014

Update on Wild Food Summer School

I had breakfast outside this morning with the sun high overhead in an extraordinarily blue sky. Fresh strawberries from the garden, warm brown bread from the oven and a big pot of tea! Bliss. Yes I'm trying to whet your appetite for our Summer School. We have a great line up  of speakers- see  details [...]

2 06, 2014

Wild Food Summer School

We have been working away here in the Blackstairs on a very exciting project. The first Wild Food Summer School which we believe is a first in Ireland. In August we will have three days of foraging, debate, cook ups, great talks and on the final  day a  Tapas style Sunday lunch of foraged food [...]

23 04, 2014

What’s that?

I am often out with a group and someone always says "What's that?" They might point at the sky and see a bird flying overhead or look down and see the marvellous intricacies of a beautiful Dog Violet. When you walk slowly and observe what is happening in the great outdoors small and beautiful sights [...]

29 10, 2013

Getting Children into the Outdoor Classroom

Getting Children into the Outdoor Classroom Did you know that 40% of young children between 7-11 have never climbed a tree? That as many as 60% know more about Pandas and Siberian Tigers than they do about Song Thrushes or how many spots there are on a Ladybird. A recent article by George Monbiot for [...]