Spanish gold in Northern Ireland

We would like to invite you to our event “Spanish gold in Northern Ireland“.  Rachel Carson Enterprises has succeeded in marrying the environmental project in the North of Scotland, the North Highland Way, aka the Camino of St. Brian, with the one of the Hispanic Society of Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland.  The common area in both areas is Spain.  Encouraging collaboration between Spain and the Emerald Isle is an exciting proposition, but the company has done it, through links in the Ulster Museum and the Botanical Gardens in Belfast.

The theme is trees.  With the company representatives going to Kildare in April to assist the Tree Council with planting and the exciting new venture with the Museum, Rachel Carson Enterprises is on a roll!

Join us for Spanish gold… real gold and real trees!

Kilcullen Tree planting – 6th April 2019

It was the the 700th anniversary of the Kilcullen Bridge… lots of families turned out.

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Rachel Carson Enterprises officially joined the Tree Council on Saturday last.. What an honour. The coordinator must be the most efficient person known to man – or woman. The volunteers worked hard and enjoyed the beautiful scenery around Kilcullen. The author planted a tree in honour of her old Irish hunter, Richard. He was cremated when he died and is on Dunnet Head, the most northerly point of the UK mainland, and home of the North Highland Way. The author also has a “Richard” cushion made from his mane and tail. The North Highland Way is the company’s environmental project in the north of Scotland.

Rachel Carson Enterprises became an official member of the Tree Council… a great honour. The coordinator must be one of the most efficient people known to man – or woman. Of course, we adjourned to the pub afterwards… A great day.

CEDaR Online Recording

https://www.nmni.com/CEDaR/CEDaR-Centre-for-Environmental-Data-and-Recording.aspx

We have teamed up with CEDaR to provide a recording system for trees, starting with the Spanish Armada tree in Cairncastle. In order not to spoil the surprise, this will not be recorded until after the trip to the tree on 9th June 2019 as part of the Spanish week. See www.tinasfreelance.com.

Tour to the  Spanish tree on Sunday, 9th June 2019.  Meet at the Carrickfergus railway station at 10am.  Car share (think of the environment).  Cost £20 per person.Booking essential via tinadirving@gmail.com. This will last until 2pm.   Possibility of lunch at the Ballygally Hotel extra. Minimum number 10. 

The author loves trees.. and draws trees all the time. The drawing is one of hers!

Trees are the lungs of life

The author is a keen environmentalist and is helping with promoting National Tree Week. She has already assisted the Lough Neagh Partnership in clearing some trees on Brackagh Moss in County Armagh and identified the Spanish Armada tree as an ancient tree on the North Antrim coast of Northern Ireland. When working in France in August last year, she took lots of photos of wonderful trees, and one of her main hobbies is drawing trees.

There are very few trees in Caithness and Sutherland, home of the North Highland Way, due to high winds. There are, though, a few small forests, and the Forestry Commission owns several forests up there.

There are some wonderful trees in Spain, knarled old olive trees, but Extramadura and the Cadiz were denuded of hard wood trees when King Felipe had the Spanish Armada built five hundred years ago.

We are planting 200 native sapling trees during National Tree Week in Kilcock Co Kildare on the 4th April all going well, we are planting 13 trees in Roscommon Town that week also. So if you wish to come to any of those dates you are very welcome there are a huge amount of events taking place check www.treecouncil.ie  for events

A precious heirloom

The world we live in is a very beautiful place.  From the vastness of the highest of mountain ranges to the smallest, tiniest, flower or insect.

People all through the centuries have stood in awe nd wonder and have been overwhelmed at what they experience.

But people have also stood in sadness and mourning at what they have lost. Vast areas of the world are being destroyed, through the greed and self-interest of some in our society today. And is becomes more noticeable when it happens on our own doorstep.

We sometimes fail to have the same concern, when it affects another part of our world, but for people who live ‘there’, it’s their world, their mountains, their gardens and parks, their lakes, their seas, in their neighbourhood.

So, what does God expect of us, as stewards of this world to which He has entrusted us. Stewards for the small amount of time each of us have on this earth, that we can then pass on to future generations.

Sometimes a precious heirloom is passed to us from a loving parent or grandparent.  Something of great value, worth treasuring and respecting. Something we in turn will pass on to our children or grandchildren. Think about how hurt they would be, if we destroyed it or devalued it or deliberately harmed it. 

As God’s children, He has left us a very precious heirloom. It has been passed down from one generation to another. That is the earth He has blessed us with to live in and enjoy.

But if we do not value it or respect it or treasure it, then it will be destroyed and we will having nothing to pass on to the next generation.

If we truly love the Lord with every part of our being and everything that we have, then we will also love His creation which He considered to be “very good” (Genesis 1:31). 

In the Lord’s Prayer, we are taught to pray that the perfectness of heaven would also be upon this earth – “Thy kingdom come, Thy will we done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). 

There is no pain or suffering or death in heaven (Revelation 21:4), yet we have caused a great deal of it here on the earth to each other, to the animals and to the environment.  Have we not for too long, prayed empty words.

The whole of creation is suffering because of the evil in this world. 

The physical world is suffering; the animals are suffering, and we are suffering. 

And we humans are the ones who caused it, and continue to cause it.  But we also have the power and the ability to stop doing what we are doing, and make restitution and bring renewal in so many different ways. We have been called to protect the world and the  environment around us.

The weather, plants, and animals are all part of the environment God created on the earth.

Bible verses speak of every part of the environment honouring God and operating according to his plan:

Psalm 96:10-13
“Say among the nations, ‘The LORD reigns.’ The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the LORD, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.”

Isaiah 43:20-21
“The wild animals honour me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise.”

The time has come to honour the Lord. To honour the world and the environment that He has established. To honour each other, so far as in we will have something of great value to pass on to the next generation to enjoy and appreciate as we have. 

Rev. Elizabeth Cairns

25.10.2018

http://mullavilly.armagh.anglican.org/