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 […]

11 05, 2014

Get Ready to Walk the Camino – in Killedmond!

An information day on this incredible pilgrimage route.
Next Saturday we are hosting our inaugural Walk the Camino Day. Lots of people who walk with us are interested in walking the Camino and have asked us for tips and advice, so we decided  to share out experience of walking the  incredible road to Santiago  de […]

28 04, 2014

Spring Foraging Recipes

South Co. Carlow is looking magnifcent this morning. Sun high in the sky, birds singing, blossom everywhere and our small county is basking in the very best of spring days..

I was in Powerscourt last Saturday givng a talk on Herbs and their great medicinal  powers and their uses in cooking. Some of the guests […]

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 […]

14 04, 2014

Foraging with Chefs

Today I am off to Mount Juliet in Co. Kilkenny, with a group of chefs to show them the delights of foraging on the lovely Mount Juliet Estate on the banks of the Nore. The sun is shining, the sky is blue and we are going to really enjoy ourselves down in the woods, […]

30 03, 2014

Barn News and Workshop Update

We are almost there! After five months of begining our barn renovation with a brilliant bunch of builders and a great architect, the end is in sight! We can now really see what our beautiful building will finally look like. I know a lot more about insulation, first fix electrics, plumbing and tanking( making […]

12 03, 2014

Blackstairs Eco Trails Great New Web Site!

We are delighted with our new look web site. Thanks to Pixelpod for a great design! We have added lots of new features, new photographs, a simpler  booking system and a greater amount of detail on all our workshops and walks. Very shortly we will add  stunning new photographs of our barn which is […]

14 01, 2014

New Workshops for 2014

We are busy here at Blackstairs Ecotrails with the  development of our Barn as a bespoke centre for all  eco and green activities and we are delighted to announce lots of new events for you  for 2014. So here we go!
First up, our foraging Workshops. These are day long workshops with a delicious organic […]

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 the […]