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National Forestry Demonstration on Thinning of Alder and Sycamore, Co Galway

Tuesday 17 June 2014, Tiernascragh Community Centre, Ballycrissane, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Teagasc, the Forest Service and COFORD are organising a National Demonstration of Tending and Thinning of Alder and Sycamore on Tuesday 17 June 2014 at Tiernascragh Community Centre, Ballycrissane, Ballinasloe, Co Galway.

This event will be of major interest to all broadleaf woodland owners, and particularly important for those with plantations at or near the age of first thinning. The event will also be beneficial to owners who want to envisage how the thinning operation can be carried out and how timber can be extracted from their own woodland.

Interest is growing rapidly among forest owners to manage their own forests. Timing is critical in broadleaf management and the first thinning in broadleaf forests (or tending) readies the forest for future management operations.

The demonstration site has pure blocks of Alder and Sycamore which require thinning. Timely thinning improves overall quality of trees on the site because it allows for the removal of diseased and suppressed trees and lets the best quality trees grow unhindered. Thinning usually is a combination of taking out some rows (allowing for access) and selectively thinning the inferior trees.

Dr Ian Short, Teagasc Research Officer and principal researcher of the COFORD-funded B-SilvRD will demonstrate the correct procedure in selecting the best trees in your forest and in turn shows how to select the trees to be removed. There will be the opportunity for forest owners to try their hand at the selection operation.  

Alder is one of the most commonly planted broadleaf trees in recent years and research is on-going to improve the quality of planting stock.  Teagasc researcher Dr Ellen O’Connor will report on progress and the important potential of Alder as a commercial broadleaf species.

The demo will also discuss timber extraction and address the critical importance of safe use and proper maintenance of chainsaws. Potential aid towards thinning under the Woodland Improvement Scheme and felling licence requirements will also be outlined.

Event details:

Tuesday 17 June 2014, Tiernascragh Community Centre, Ballycrissane, Ballinasloe, Co Galway. 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 Noel Kennedy, Teagasc


  • Venue will be signposted from Ballinasloe and Portumna (R355).
  • Garmin Loc8 code: L58-79-T32.
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