Climate Conversations

November 16th 2019  – Climate Conversation #4 at Westport Town Hall.

Climate Change, Food, and Our Health:

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported, joined & created a fantastic Edible Landscape Project Climate Conversation in Westport, County Mayo, where, over the course of two hours, and with the help of our speakers, we helped demystify some of the complexities and connections between Climate Change, Food and Our Health. Thank you to our brilliant speakers: Theo Cullen Mouze, Aoife O’Reilly, Gordon Hardiman, Dr Ailíse Loftus, and Dr Derek McLoughlin.

We’re helping put Westport on the map as a leader in all things Sustainable, Community and Resilience. We also used the opportunity to launch our Tree Towns Initiative, seeking to connect communities through the planting of edible landscapes and the building of community resilience to climate change.












April 15th 2019  – Climate Conversation #3 at The Creel in Westport, County Mayo

Food from the Sea and the Connection to Climate Change:

Did you know that seaweed as a 2% food supplement for cows, can eliminate 50-70% of methane produced by cows? Thanks to our fabulous speakers including:

  • Ronan Browne from BIM tells us about the Bluefish Project
  • Michael Mulloy & Kirstin McDonagh speaking about local seaweed production/consumptiom
  • Mary Hannan from Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) Seafood Technical Services                                                                                     


March 11th 2019 – Climate Conversation #2 at Westport College of Further Education (WCFE).

How the FOOD we are eating is affecting the CLIMATE.

Speakers: Caithriona McCarthy, Edible Landscape Project:  Alex Lavarde, Gardener at Belleek Castle, Ballina:  Tara Cosgrove and Max Newport (WCFE)












Feb 13th 2019 – Conversation #1 at Pax Eco-Store Westport, County Mayo.  

How the FOOD We Eat Affects the Planet We Inhabit.

Speakers: McKinley, Pax Eco Store and Caithriona McCarthy, Edible Landscape Project.













March 2019: Edible Landscape presented an afternoon Workshop entitled: Taking the Power Back, Climate Change and the Food We Eat as part of the The Burrenbeo Trust’s 8th Learning Landscape Symposium in Kinvara.  The aim of the event is to make us aware of, and identify with, our role going forward in the care for our landscapes and our communities.







April 2018:  Edible Landscape presented a workshop at this years Food Sovereignty meeting in Maynooth University on Saturday April 14th.
























April 2016: Edible Landscape Project spoke at a one-day conference – Climate Change and Me: Rising to the Laudato Si Challenge at Knock Shrine in Co. Mayo.

The event was planned and co-ordinated in response to Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, which highlights the great need for discussion and debate about the issue of climate change.


March 2014: The Edible Landscape Project was one of four speakers discussing local food security at a SHeDD Talks event in Westport. Other speakers included environmental campaigner and Eco Eye presenter Duncan Stewart who shared his ideas on local and sustainable energy options and how Westport can work towards energy self-sufficiency.



Walking/ Cycle Tours of Edible Landscape Planting and Pruning sites along the Railway Walk in Westport are available. A former railway line, which once transported goods and passengers to and from Westport train station and which runs to Westport Quay, the route was resurfaced in 2010. It is 3 miles long, almost fully owned by Mayo County Council and has been converted into a public walkway and cycle route. Andy Wilson’s Westport Sustainability Group had begun planting a linear orchard along this route in 2010. Edible Landscape Project began planting along the route in 2012.


August 2017: Edible Landscape Project Westport on tour in Co. Kerry. We were delighted to be part of the the Biodiversity Walk at the Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend in Finuge near Listowel over the August bank holiday weekend. Kerry folk were really interested to hear what’s happening in Westport – will Finuge be the first town outside Westport to adopt an Edible Landscape?















Sept 16th 2015: We had a great day today with local walkers from Westport and 4th class from the Quay School on the Greenway, looking at our fruit and nut trees planted in the Skate Park and McConville Park and having fun in the willow tunnel with Joanne from Leave No Trace Ireland, Laura and Ann from Westport Smarter Travel and Lorella from Westport Activity Ambassadors. Thank you to Westport Men’s Shed for delicious tea and cake after a perfect day.


2015 Walk ELP














Sept 2014: Heritage fruit tree planting walking tour with students from the Holy Trinity National School

Trinity School 2014














June 2014: Heritage tree walking tours of ELP planted sites along Westport Town Greenway as part of the ‘Get Out There Festival’ and also with ‘The Clewbay Garden Trail’.

Walking 2014