Located in the heart of Ireland, our newest village covers some 450 acres of Newcastle Wood in County Longford.
The 800 acre woodland was originally planted as a commercial woodland and lies between the River Inny and the Rath River, although tree surveys have identified a number of mature trees, pre-dating the commercial planting, which have been retained.
The forest is largely coniferous, with some compartments containing broadleaf trees, and has also yielded a number of archaeological features, including ring forts, which have been recorded and protected, and the 19th Century Herdsman’s Hut ruins. As well as expanding the existing watercourses, including a 2.6-hectare Watersports Lake, we have also planted native broadleaf trees and created new open meadow and wildflower areas.
As part of our pre-planning works, we always conduct ecological surveys and the findings from Longford Forest showed a wide range of flora and fauna, including bats, badgers, red squirrels, pine marten, lamprey, trout, salmon, and various species of birds and invertebrates. We continue to monitor the biodiversity of the woodland to enhance and protect habitats for the wildlife who call it home.