Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary
Knockanacree Woods covers 41 hectares or just over 100 acres. Historically, this formed part of the estate of Knockanacree Woods House. Hawtrey Andrews is noted as an owner in the 1800's. This house no longer exists, having been burned down during the War of Independence. Features from bygone days that are evident in within the wood include 17th century fieldwalls and a ringfort.
The woodland is classed as an Old Woodland site, implying that it has had continuous tree cover for over 200 years. Much of the original mature tree stock was used as timber supports in the trenches during World War I. In the 1950's the State Forestry Division, the precursor to Coillte, began replanting the wood, creating much needed work for local people at the time.
Life in a woodland tends to be secretive. Quiet observation will reveal a world full of activity and life. Song birds flit through the tree canopy seeking out insects and small invertebrates. Sparrowhawks in turn, hunt the small birds, while signs of fox and badger are visible to the discerning eye. Hazelnuts are plentiful on the woodland edge and along with the seeds of the Scots Pine trees ,provide a rich source of winter food for the resident Red Squirrels.
Springtime brings a profusion of bluebells and Wild Garlic on the eastern side of the woodland and a carpet of Wood Anemone flowers on the west. Wild strawberries grow along the central pathways in Summer alongside the yellow creeping St. John's Wort.
The dominant tree species is Beech. They crowd together with their smooth grey trunks and dense, soaring light green canopies, creating a cathedral-like impression. In Autumn, they glow with warm colour as the leaves turn spectacular shades of russet, gold and brown.
There are three looped walking trails to choose from of varying distances, each offering different views of the woodland. Enjoy.
Cloughjordan - Knockanacree Woods FeaturesWalking Trails, Picnic Site, Archaeological,
How do I get there?Knockanacree Woods is approximately 1.5km north of Cloughjordan Eco Village in North Tipperary. From the M7 - take exit 23 to Moneygall and the R445. From the main street of Moneygall take the R490 to Cloughjordan, travel approximately 9km. On the Main Street of Cloughjordan, take the R491 on the right, opposite the Centra and travel a distance of 1 km. At the crossroads take the first left and travel 500m. The trailhead and parking are on the right. Alternatively it is possible to take the train to Cloughjordan and walk!
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|Contact name:||John Moore|