Liam manages a 20-hectare farm forest in County Limerick.
The forest was planted in 1999 and is located on mineral soil. It was planted in two blocks: one block of Sitka spruce with Norway spruce and Oak groups and a second planted with Ash and Oak / Scots Pine.
He has developed road access and carried out thinning on the 10-ha conifer block which yielded 50 tonnes per hectare. Early thinning is very important as it gives an opportunity to remove inferior quality trees, provides appropriate development for remaining trees in the stand and encourages trees rooting for long-term stability. This is a very important factor when managing under Continuous Cover.
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Liam is very hands-on in the management of his forest. He has hosted a number of open days for forest owners over the years in association with the Limerick Tipperary Woodland Owners (LTWO) and Teagasc. He and his family spend a good deal of time in the forest. His daughter’s family live next door and the grandchildren use the forest for play.
His objectives are a balanced mix between production, personal satisfaction and legacy. For this reason, he favours CCF and has successfully applied under the new WIS - Continuous Cover Forestry Scheme to guide him through the early transformation period.