Donate Land & FAQs
A Gift of Land
"I don't feel you can ever really say you "own" land. You are a caretaker only and, during your short time on the planet, you can only choose to nurture the land or to abuse it. I feel people globally are waking up to how the planet and the species living on it are all closely inter-linked and inter-dependent." - Eileen Coyne on gifting 14 acres in Connemara -2013
At Green Sod Ireland we realise it is a huge leap of faith to gift land, families have a great love and connection to the land - their sense of place tied with memories and histories.
Green Sod Ireland views all land as special and important; from species-rich wetland to land that has been intensively farmed, and everything in between, it is at the core of the organisations vision to allow land to thrive along with its natural habitats. We take into consideration the individuality and needs of each piece of land, in order to promote and protect its rich biodiversity. It is our intention to create ‘WildAcres’ the length and breadth of Ireland.
If you are considering the idea of gifting land we would be delighted to have an informal conversation with you and discuss any concerns or questions you may have about how the process works. You can contact us through our email
Giving back to Nature in your Will
Who will care for my land when I’m gone?
Green Sod will care for and protect your land. By leaving a legacy of wild acres to us you will be part of a growing community who care for and nurture the land for future generations.We would be delighted to have an informal conversation with you and discuss any concerns or questions you may have about how the process works. You can contact us through our email
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a land trust?
A land trust is a non-profit organisation that works to conserve and protect land and its natural inhabitants for the greater good. A Land Trust works with landowners and the public to promote the protection of the natural qualities of land, thereby ensuring that biodiversity will be maintained for future generations. Land can be purchased by the land trust, or may be donated by the landowner.
2. What is Green Sod Ireland?
Green Sod Ireland: An Foidin Glas, is a charitable organisation, (granted charity status in 2007) established to conserve and protect land with its indigenous animals, plants, waters, rocks, soils, etc. for their own sakes and for the sake of present and future generations.
3. Is it a government body?
Green Sod Ireland is an N.G.O. (Non-Governmental Organisation).
4. How does Green Sod Ireland protect the land?
Green Sod Ireland acquires land by gift, bequest or through purchase, for the purpose of protecting the biodiversity and natural resources of the land. The gifted or purchased land is then assessed to determine its needs. The assessment is done by qualified personnel who will make recommendations as to the health of the land and its inhabitants. Using that information, an individual land management plan, determined by the Trust's charter, is drawn up. The Trust works to promote awareness and recognition of the value of green spaces for all of us.
5. Is there a need for a Land trust? Isn't Ireland green enough?
People are very concerned about the unmitigated loss of land in Ireland. Land has become a mere commodity to be bought and sold for human benefit only. This attitude has allowed people to plunder land that we will never be able to recreate.
People are recognising the value of lost nature and of the preciousness of what survives and, out of this concern, turn to the land trust to protect Irish land.
In spite of the fact that Ireland is considered green, it is in fact far from it. Pressure on wildlife and ecosystems has become phenomenal, with transport, urban development and intensive management of agricultural land being the drivers of biodiversity loss in this country, where animals and other species not only take second place but have no place at all in the scheme of things, as we humans build and plunder the natural environment for human benefit only.
6. If I donate, where will my money go?
Every cent of the money you donate will bring us one step closer to making Ireland a greener and better place for us all.
7. Why should I become a member of the Green Sod Ireland?
By becoming a member, you will make a difference for future generations, protecting the health and well-being of both ourselves, our families, and the earth we inhabit.
8. What does An Fóidín Glas mean?
It means 'The Green Sod'.
9. How do I organise a talk about Green Sod Ireland for my organisation/ school?
Please Contact Us
10. How can I become a volunteer?
You can become a volunteer by contacting us directly. We welcome all volunteers. . The only qualification required is a passion for the environment. Please get in touch, letting us know your area of interest, and in which part of Ireland you are based.
11. Who will look after the land?
Qualified personnel will look after the land.
12. Where is the Trust currently protecting land?
The Trust has land in Red Bog , Co. Carlow. (2010)
13. How does the Trust save land?
The Trust accepts donations, gifts, and bequests of land, as well as the funds to purchase land for permanent protection.