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Forest walks: managing 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, is organising a nationwide series of forest walks from 19 to 28 April, 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 forest 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 forest 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 forest 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.

CountyMeeting pointDate and timeShort descriptionContact

Cavan

St Mary’s Church, Bruskey, Ballinagh

Tues 19 April, 7pm Early management and maintenance

Kevin O'Connell

Clare

Church car park, Ennistymon

Tues 19 April, 7pm Early management and maintenance

Michael Somers

Cork

Car park, Rossmore, Clonakilty

Tues 26 April, 7 pm 4-year agroforestry and 8-year conifer sites

John Casey

Cork

Lisgriffin National School, Lisgriffin, Buttevant

Thurs 28 April, 7 pm

Newly planted and 1-year conifer sites

John Casey

Galway

Peter Donohue Ltd, Vehicle Test Centre, New Inn (R348 New Inn - Ballinasloe)

Tues 26 April, 7pm Early management and maintenance

Noel Kennedy

Kerry

Kerry Die Products, Grenagh, Fossa, Killarney - Killorglin Road

Wed 27 April, 7pm Early and ongoing broadleaf management

Tom Houlihan

Kildare Carbury Village Thurs 21 April, 7pm Early management and maintenance Liam Kelly
Kilkenny RC Church, Moneenroe, Castlecomer Tues 26 April, 7pm Early management and maintenance Frances McHugh
Leitrim Community Centre car park, Kinlough Wed 20 April, 7pm Management of a young oak woodland

Steven Meyen

Limerick

Abbeyfeale Town Park Tues 26 April, 7pm Management of conifers and broadleaves

Tom Houlihan

Longford

The 98 Bar car park, Ballinamuck Tues 26 April, 7pm Management of 11-year old site

Liam Kelly

Louth “Donegans”, Monasterboice Inn, Monasterboice Wed 20 April 7pm Early management and maintenance Kevin O'Connell

Mayo

Opposite Hiney’s Funeral Home, Crossmolina (N59 Ballina – Crossmolina)

Thurs 28 April, 7pm Early management and maintenance

Noel Kennedy

Roscommon

Church car park, Elphin

Wed 20 April, 7pm Early management and maintenance

Noel Kennedy

Sligo

Rogers’ Shop (opposite the old Workhouse), Dromore West
(Rogers’ Shop is on the N59, 7km west of Dromore West)
Sat 23 April, 11am Management of a conifer plantation

Steven Meyen

Tipperary

Community Hall, Hollyford

Thurs 21 April, 7pm Early management and maintenance

Michael Somers

Waterford

RC Church, Stradbally, Dungarvan

Tues 19 April, 11am Post first thin conifer and broadleaf sites

John Casey

Westmeath

Community Centre, Moyvore

Tues 19 April,7pm Early management and maintenance

Liam Kelly

Wexford

RC Church, Ballycullane

Tues 19 April, 7pm Early management and maintenance

Frances McHugh

Wicklow

Baltinglass Mart

Thurs 21 April, 7pm Early management and maintenance

Frances McHugh