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Management and Thinning of Oak and Conifer Mixtures

Wednesday 10 July 2013, Kilruane McDonagh GAA Centre, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary

With the management of oak, tending and thinning are essential operations to ensure the production of valuable hardwood timber and to optimise returns. This is very important especially in oak / conifer mixtures, where without the necessary intervention the conifer may outcompete and smother the oak.

Teagasc and the Forest Service have organised a forestry event to showcase the Tending and Thinning of young Oak/Conifer woodlands. It will take place on Wednesday, 10 July at the Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA Centre, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary. This day will provide a valuable insight into the management of young oak / conifer woodland mixtures.

The event will demonstrate to participants the optimum time to commence tending and removal of the competing conifers within the crop. The marking of the better oak stems as potential crop trees will also be shown and discussed. Other important topics to be discussed will include chainsaw felling and safety, timber presentation for extraction, removal methods and potential uses for the timber. Details on preparing for thinning will also be presented including felling licences, broadleaf thinning grants and road access.

Participants will be shown the process of marking the trees for tending with identification of potential final crop trees and subsequent marking of stems to be removed including competitors, and diseased stems. The demonstration will visit a plot that has recently been tended.

Tending and thinning of broadleaf/conifer mixtures are essential to ensure the production of valuable hardwood timber optimising returns from broadleaf forests. This is the first National Broadleaf Event focusing on the thinning of Oak with Conifer mixtures. It is a great opportunity to see and experience current best practice for tending and thinning of broadleaf/conifer mixtures.

Event details:

Wednesday, 10 July 2013, Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA Centre, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary. Arrive any time between 11 am and 12.30 pm. Guided tours will leave every twenty minutes, and the demonstration will take approximately 2.5 hours. This is an outdoor event so please bring appropriate footwear and raingear. All are welcome. Event is free.

Further information:

  • Contact Michael Somers, Teagasc


  • Venue will be signposted from Exit 23 (Moneygall/Toomevara) off the M7 (Dublin-Limerick motorway).
  • Garmin Loc8 code: L20-67-VJ5.