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Nationwide series of forest walks focusing on the management of young forests

Early management is essential to get the best returns from your forest in the future.

Teagasc, in association with the Forest Service, DAFM, are organising a nationwide series of forest walks from May 12 to 23, focusing on the management of young forests. At these events, forestry experts from Teagasc and the Forest Service will explain why it is essential to care for young forests.

Why is early management so important?

New forests require several years of active management to become well established. If a plantation is not well maintained, future timber revenue is likely to be compromised.

It is therefore very important to ensure that the young forest will perform well and that budding forest owners know what needs to be done each year. This is also true if the management of the plantation has been subcontracted out for the first four years. After all, it is the owner that will benefit financially from well looked after trees.

Another very good reason is because the payment of the second instalment of the Afforestation Scheme (maintenance grant) and forestry premium is subject to the forest successfully achieving certain standards.

Focus in the first few years will be on controlling the surrounding vegetation, ensuring that browsing animals won't damage the young trees, replanting of failed trees, assessing nutrient needs, shaping of broadleaf trees, and reducing the risk of fires.

Who will benefit from attending?

This nationwide series of forest walks is aimed at landowners who have established a new plantation in the last few years. Landowners who are considering planting some land will also find these events very useful.

The aim of these walks is to provide guidance to forest owners. Forest owners need to take an active role in the management of their forests to maximise future timber revenue.

Do you want to find out more?

See table below for event details. Further details are available from your local forestry development officer: Staff

County

Meeting point

Date and time

Contact

Carlow

RC Church, Goresbridge

Tue 20 May, 7pm

Frances McHugh

Cavan

Community car park, Ballinagh

Tue 13 May, 7pm

Kevin O'Connell

Clare

RC Church, Inagh

Wed May 14, 7pm

Michael Somers

Cork

Kilddorrery National School, Kildorrery (on R512)

Wed 14 May, 7pm

John Casey

Cork

Barretts Pub, Coppeen (on R585)

Tue 20 May, 7pm

John Casey

Donegal

Car park of Glenswilly football pitch, Newmills, Letterkenny

Tue 13 May, 7pm

Steven Meyen

Galway

Topaz Filling Station, Craughwell

Tue 20 May, 7pm

Noel Kennedy

Kerry

Johnny Doyle Industrial Park, Scart Cross, Farranfore (N22)

Thu 15 May, 7pm

Tom Houlihan

Laois

EMO filling station, Dublin road, (N7) Mountrath

Tue 13 May, 7pm

Liam Kelly

Limerick / Tipperary

Car park of Ballykisteen House Hotel, Limerick Junction

Tue 20 May, 7pm

Tom Houlihan

Longford

Gratten Gaels GAA club, (R397) Stonepark

Wed 21 May, 7pm

Liam Kelly

Mayo

Teagasc car park, Clar Business Park, Galway Road, Claremorris

Tue 13 May, 7pm

Noel Kennedy

Meath / Louth

Drumconrath village

Wed 14 May, 7pm

Kevin O'Connell

Monaghan

GO Service station on the Monaghan road, Clones

Thu 15 May, 7pm

Kevin O'Connell

Roscommon

Community Centre, Taughmaconnell, Ballinasloe

Wed 14 May, 7pm

Noel Kennedy

Sligo

RC Church, Killavil, Ballymote

Mon 12 May, 7pm

Steven Meyen

Tipperary

RC Church, Ardcroney

Fri 23 May, 2pm

Michael Somers

Waterford

An Seanachaí Pub, Ring, Dungarvan (beside N25)

Mon 12 May, 7pm

John Casey

Westmeath

Cloughan Inn, Delvin road, (N52) Mullingar

Thu 15 May, 7pm

Liam Kelly

Wexford

CoI Church, Whitechurch, New Ross

Wed 14 May, 7pm

Frances McHugh

Wicklow

An Tochar GAA/Community Centre, Roundwood

Wed 21 May, 7pm

Frances McHugh