Management of Invasive Species

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Mar 222015

Most users of Glenbower Wood will have noticed that we have two invasive species that are causing a problem:

  • Rhododendron
  • Laurel

On their own, or in  a limited space, either of these does not really cause a big problem.  However, in the woods they have become widespread and cause a number of problems:

  • They shade out natural species – stopping them from growing
  • They drop poisonous leaves – affecting soil quality
  • They reduce biodiversity – and affect the numbers of birds, insects and small mammals
  • (for more information see P.15 of the attached report)

So we now have a plan of how to manage our infestation of rhododendron and laurel.  There is a lot of work involved, but it is important that this is done to protect the native woodland of Glenbower.

You can download the full report by clicking on the following link:   Glenbower_Wood_&_Lake_Invasive_Mgmt_Plan_20-03-15_Rev_A[1].

The Turkey Run

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Dec 282014
We’ve all been there, the post Christmas turkey blues.  That feeling that you’ve eaten just a little bit too much.
Well, one group of people decided to do something about it last Sunday in Glenbower Wood.
The Irish Mountain Running Association, along with Glenbower Wood & Lake hosted a few runs in the Woods to suit all ages.
There was a 500 metre run for the under 10s;
an 800 metre run for the 10 – 16 year olds,
and a 6 KM run for the adults.
There was a great turnout, with over 130 runners in total, with the proceeds going towards the ongoing maintenance of Glenbower Wood.
The runners all had a great time – the weather was excellent, and everyone was offered refreshments in O’Mahony’s Bar afterwards.  The juniors had biscuits and juice, while the adults went for mince pies and mulled wine.  A great day all round.
The Irish Mountain Running Association puts on a number of events during the year, you can find out more about them at
Here is a link to their Facebook Page.
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AGM Postponement

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Nov 242014

As a mark of respect to the late Mr. Tom O’Regan and his family, our AGM tonight is postponed.
We will reschedule shortly
May he rest in peace.

Upcoming Dates

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Oct 312014

There are a number of important events coming up relating to the woods in the next few months:

  • Our AGM will be held in Killeagh Hall on November 25th.  All are welcome to attend.
  • There will be a 5K ‘Run in the Wood’ on Sunday 28th December.  More details fot follow
  • On May Sunday we intend to have our ‘Music In The Wood’ festival.  As you may remember, we had to cancel the August version this year due to the rain.  Hopefully it will be dry in May!

We look forward to seeing you then, and thanks for supporting us!



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Oct 112014

Welcome to our new site.

We have decided to update the Glenbower site.  We hope you like it as we develop it, and spread the word.

Glenbower Wood is a fantastic amenity for all the community and we are always looking to develop it further.

If you would like to be part of what’s going on, please contact us!