Birr Castle, in County Offaly, Ireland is carrying out a project to plant 2000 redwood trees, in what will be the largest grove of redwoods outside of California. The Dawn Redwood - Metasequoia glyptostroboides - first took its place in the gardens of the castle after its discovery in China in 1945.
The Giants Grove project will also contain about 25% of coastal redwoods. These redwoods were native in Ireland before the Ice Age began about 3 million years ago. Coastal redwoods, which like the other giants are threatened by climate change, will comprise a very long term trial of the usefulness of these species as forestry for the much warmer Ireland that climate forecasts predict. An added bonus is to provide extra insurance for their survival.
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