Please be sure to harden off all plants before planting outside to allow them time to adjust to the harsher wind and temperature. Míle Buíochas!

Cúlra Créafóige - The Challenge

Cúlra Créafóíge is located in the parish of Cloich Cheann Fhaola in the extreme NorthWest of Ireland.  We are in the Gaeltacht, along the Wild Atlantic Way, and are classified as an Especially High Scenic Amenity Area, counting 2 SPAs and an SAC within our boundaries. 

While this area has always been predominantly agricultural, recent developments in national and EU policy have seen a trend towards agricultural specialization – namely single-enterprise cattle or sheep operations.  Earning a living from these markets alone when faced with small farm sizes and challenging soil and weather conditions is difficult and has led to many young adults leaving the region in search of employment.  Through these actions, many lands in the parish have been left to grow wild. 

While this return of the land to nature can be beneficial for some wildlife, others – which are currently experiencing dangerous declines in population – are utterly dependent upon the habitat created through cultivation.  Unfortunately, a 2017 survey carried out on the lands in one of the local SPA’s found less than 1% of the land was under cultivation.  Less than 1%!  

Now, as what farms we still have are dependent upon just one or two markets, we are seeing a developing lack of resilience needed to survive shifting markets, climate change, pandemics, and emerging carbon restrictions.