In 2019, Ireland declared a climate and biodiversity emergency.  This acknowledgement that the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis are inextricably linked and must be addressed in tandem. In conjunction with addressing climate change, action is needed by humanity to halt biodiversity decline and begin its restoration. Planning, land use and agricultural systems must be adapted to work with nature..
CECAS at Myross Wood House will have a positive influence on addressing climate change in that It is designed to attract and showcase academic and commercial organisations to present cutting-edge solutions to the complex problems presented in implementing actions on climate and biodiversity and an enhanced circular economy. It will engage with communities of interest and communities of place in introducing and supporting initiatives that can address the problematic issues related to transition.





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Groundbreaking Without Digging – part 2

Groundbreaking Without Digging – part 2

Looking back on my six weeks at CECAS, I feel nothing but gratitude for the kind welcome, open ears and warm atmosphere every day. My days were filled with working in the garden, leaving the grind behind, just breathing fresh air, watching my buddy the robin in the...

Living Willow Workshop

Living Willow Workshop

In this course participants will be introduced to the wonders of willow. You will learn some basic weaving techniques while creating a living willow dome and tunnel on the grounds of Myross, Leap. These skills can be used to create your own living willow structure at...

Friends of Myross Wood

In 2022 a new ‘Friends of Myross Wood’ group formed to help look after this much-loved part of West Cork. The ‘Friends’ objective is to support the creation of a living, community woodland resource for biodiversity, education, recreation and the arts. In August 2021, the project received a huge boost in the form of a grant of €28,000 through the Woodland Development Fund from the Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

The ’Friends’ goal is to create a ‘Meitheal’ type project that will enable local people and organisations at all levels, from schools to businesses and community groups to support, fundraise and most importantly get involved in the work of developing the wood.

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Myross Wood House and it’s grounds is the home for the Centre of Excellence for Climate Action and Sustainability (CECAS). Located in West Cork at the village of Leap on the Wild Atlantic Way, CECAS will develop hubs of activity over the coming years. These will develop in stages and will grow in scope and ambition. See below for an introduction to each of these areas of interest. 




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