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Broadleaf Thinning Event, Second Thinning of Broadleaves with a focus on Sycamore, Summerhill, Co Meath

Thursday 16 October 2014, Summerhill Community Centre, Summerhill, Co Meath

Arrive any time between 10.00 am and 11.30 am.

Teagasc, in conjunction with the Forest Service, DAFM invite you to a National Forestry Demonstration on the subsequent thinning of broadleaf woodlands in Co Meath on Thursday 16 October 2014. This event is aimed at forest owners who have already tended/thinned their broadleaf forest and are now ready to carry out a second or subsequent thinning. The event will also be beneficial to owners in general who want to envisage how their woodlands will develop. The following will be demonstrated and discussed on the day:

  • Growing trees for quality timber
  • Timing of the thinning operation
  • Preparation for thinning
  • Getting the job done
  • Timber extraction

There should be approximately 200 broadleaf trees per ha remaining in a well-managed woodland at the end of a rotation. The remainder of the trees will have been removed as thinnings. That means that 85% of all trees or 50% of the volume in abroadleaf woodland is removed as thinnings over the commercial life of the crop.

There are many broadleaf forests planted since the nineties. Some of these forests have had an intervention already; either tended or first thinned and are now ready for a subsequent thinning.  It is important that owners have the awareness and knowledge to commence this vital operation. The thinnings from these woodlands are a valuable asset in offsetting and/or generating farm income. Timber harvested from these woodlands can provide a valuable source of fuel as well as other products as the crop develops.


The event will open with a discussion on the optimum time to commence subsequent thinning of Sycamore and the associated important issues to be considered at the time, e.g. felling licenses, felling, extraction, access etc.

This will be followed by a practical demonstration of the thinning of Sycamore. This site has already received a first thinning and participants will be able to see how the crop has developed. They can compare the difference in growth rates from an unthinned plot, to first and subsequent thinned plots.  Participants will also be shown how to manage the remaining trees to produce a valuable forest crop. There will also be a demonstration on the extraction of the thinnings.

Thinning your plantation is an essential investment for the future of your crop. This is a great opportunity to acquire the know-how to get the job done. The event is free and promises to be a very informative day.

Event details

  • Thursday 16 October 2014
  • Summerhill Community Centre, Summerhill, Co Meath.
  • Convene at the Summerhill Community Centre, Summerhill, Co Meath between 10.00am and 11.30am.


  • Event will be signposted locally
  • Loc8 Code is: M2C-77-B24
  • Travel directions to this event (enter your starting point at "A").

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