The project, which involves collaboration with a variety of research institutes in the Republic of Ireland and Europe, is being undertaken in association with Drs A. Donnelly and A. Caffarra, and Professor Mike Jones of the Department of Botany, Trinity College Dublin, who have an ongoing research project to study the environmental triggers of tree phenophases. Such studies could be of considerable value for the horticultural and agricultural industries in Ireland, North and South.
We are also indebted to Dr Eoin Moran and Jack O'Sullivan of the Valentia Observatory, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry, who first gave us the idea to initiate a garden in Armagh. The staff at Valentia Observatory have first-hand practical experience of operating such a garden for several decades and have in the past given us help with the calibration of instruments at Armagh.
The data from the phenological garden at Armagh will be passed in a standard format to the central coordinating organisation in Ireland (to be based at the Valentia Observatory), to the Woodland Trust of the United Kingdom, and to the International Phenological Garden Data Centre at the Humboldt University, Berlin.